Thousands will gather on Friday to bid a final farewell to the greatest boxer to ever grace the planet.
Ali wanted his funeral service to be open to the public and so, in accordance with his last wishes, 15,000 people were able to obtain tickets to the ceremonies. Everyone else will be able to view the event on television and online via ESPN, TV One, and Bounce TV.
Beginning at 9 a.m. ET on Friday, Ali’s body will lay in procession through his childhood neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky. The first African-American broadcast network, Bounce TV, will carry footage of the procession, along with cable networks like CNN, HLN, TV One, and ESPN.
At 2 p.m. ET, a large-scale memorial service will take place at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. President Bill Clinton, Real Sports host Bryant Gumbel, and comedian Billy Crystal will deliver eulogies to The Greatest. The service will be carried live by the aforementioned cable and broadcast networks.
Ali will then be privately laid to rest at the famed Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.