9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Site

9/11 Memorial Visitors Will Require Advance Tickets

9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Site
Illustration of the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site. (Credit: Renewnyc.com)

If you want to visit the September 11 memorial next Fall, Mayor Bloomberg suggests that you plan on reserving advance tickets, reports DNA Info. However, ticketing will be done for safety reasons, not for profit.

The plaza is set to open on September 11, 2011, a decade after the terror attacks but the overall site will still be surrounded by ongoing construction, making it unsafe for open public access. The construction of the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center and the PATH hub will be happening concurrently.

“We anticipate having ticketing so we can control the number of people who go through security and get onto the plaza, so we don’t have a crush,” said Bloomberg, who serves as the chairmain for  is also chairman of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum foundation. “We want to ensure people [who take bus tours of lower Manhattan] will be able to get in.” Tickets will be free, but how many people will be allowed to visit the site has yet to be determined.  Officials do predict that five to seven million visitors to make the pilgrimage to the site in the first year.

Additionally, the 9/11 museum, on tap to open in 2012, is also expected to require tickets for entry.

Do you plan to visit the 9/11  memorial when it opens?