By CBS3 Staff


LOWER MERION, Pa. (CBS) — Lower Merion High School will pay tribute to Kobe Bryant ahead of the boys’ basketball game on Saturday. Bryant, a Lower Merion alumni, his daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California.

The school is selling a limited number of tickets until 2 p.m. Friday at the Kobe Bryant Gymnasium entrance of the high school.

As of 10:30 a.m. school officials say only 50 tickets were available due to high interest from students and there is a limit of two tickets per person.

With more than 1,200 students on campus, most of the tickets went to students and teachers, some of who taught and coached Bryant. The gym’s capacity, with standing room, is 1,600.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and tickets may be redeemed on Saturday for a commemorative T-shirt from the LMHS Student Council, while supplies last.

The tribute is planned to take place at 1 p.m. between the girls game vs. Southern Lehigh High School and the boys game vs. Souderton High School.

People can expect to see videos of Bryant playing while he was at Lower Merion.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing my daughter cheer and the tribute to Kobe Bryant,” Aliya Gardner said.

“My daughter played for Lower Merion for four years. She wore Kobe’s number. Even before that, as a little girl, she was always in love with Kobe, so when she got the opportunity to play here, she wore his number for all four years,” Letitia Steed said.

Bryant’s jersey that was stolen and returned to police recently will also be returned to its rightful place on the walls of the Kobe Bryant Gymnasium.

In response to requests for Lower Merion basketball merchandise, the school’s online store will open to take orders from the public until Feb. 16.

For more information on Saturday’s tribute, click here.

CBS3’s Alecia Reid contributed to this report.