[UPDATE: 1,000 TICKETS RELEASED] LBC Organizers Limit Access to Nate Dogg Funeral Rites

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UPDATE, MATCH 25, 10:04 A.M.: Fans are already lining up at New Hope Church in Long Beach. See a photo after the jump.

UPDATE, MARCH 25, 9:30 A.M.: According to GreaterLongBeach.com, 1,000 tickets to Saturday's otherwise-private memorial service for Long Beach hip-hop pioneer Nate Dogg are available by telephone today on a first-come, first-served basis. To order a ticket, call (562) 570-6147 before 3 p.m. today (Friday, March 25).

ORIGIAL POST: MARCH 25, 12:16 A.M.: According to the Press-Telegram, Long Beach city officials and organizers have been meeting for the past two days to finalize plans for the funeral and celebration for  Nate Dogg, to be held Saturday at the Queen Mary Dome.

Originally, a semi-public morning funeral and evening celebration were planned so people could pay their respects. A city meeting later this morning will attempt to iron out logistical obstacles; details after the jump.



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Fans outside of New Hope Church in Long Beach for Nate Dogg.

A funeral service for Hale is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday with a celebration at 7 p.m., both at the Dome. A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, 1160 New York St. No cameras are allowed.

About 1,000 people will be allowed into each of the two Saturday events if the issues are resolved. If the obstacles are not overcome, the event will be private.

If the event goes forward as planned, a phone number will be publicized, and tickets will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis. Callers will be told where to pick up tickets. That information will be reported at presstelegram.com when it is available.

There will be no public parking at the Saturday events. A shuttle will be provided, and those planning to attend will be screened before boarding the bus and at the events. Tickets given out will have two bar codes and will be good for both Saturday events.

The celebration will reportedly have Snoop Dogg, Warren G and many other Nate Dogg collaborators performing.

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