Halladay memorial set for today in Florida

Celebration of life to take place at Clearwater's Spectrum Field

Halladay memorial set for today in Florida

PHILADELPHIA -- A significant showing of former Phillies and Blue Jays are expected today at Roy Halladay's memorial service in Clearwater, Fla.

The service begins at 4 p.m. ET at Spectrum Field. It will be streamed live on MLB.com.

The event is open to the public, with free parking in lots surrounding the stadium. Gates will open at 3 p.m. With a maximum seating capacity of 8,000, guests will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Halladay, who pitched for the Blue Jays and Phillies during a 16-year MLB career, died last Tuesday when his plane crashed off the Florida coast. He was 40 years old.

Halladay was a two-time Cy Young Award winner, once in the American League with Toronto in 2003, and once in the National League while with Philadelphia in 2010. From 2002-11, he was among the best pitchers in baseball, posting a 2.97 ERA with 63 complete games, 18 of which were shutouts. He also threw the 20th perfect game in MLB history on May 29, 2010, against the Marlins and later that year tossed just the second postseason no-hitter in MLB history, in Game 1 of the 2010 NL Division Series against the Reds.

Halladay is survived by his wife, Brandy, and their two sons, Ryan and Braden. In lieu of flowers, the Halladay family has requested contributions be made to:

Halladay Family Foundation
c/o The Giving Back Fund
5757 W. Century Blvd., Suite 410
Los Angeles, CA 90045

The Halladay Family Foundation supports organizations that are tied to two causes that are most meaningful to the Halladay family -- youth sports programs and animal welfare. Beneficiaries of foundation funding will include, but not limited to, organizations that provide the opportunity for young athletes to develop to their highest potential, with particular emphasis on sportsmanship and building greater self-esteem. Additionally, organizations that help to improve the quality of life for animals through rescue, adoption and humane treatment will be eligible to receive funding.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.