Ford Field box office overwhelmed by free ticket giveaway
Fans lined up for hours in 12-degree temperatures at the Ford Field box office in Detroit, waiting for free tickets to the Monday night football game that was moved from Minneapolis after the Metrodome's inflated roof collapsed under the weight of heavy snow the previous day.
Perhaps they wanted to be present just in case something historic happens ... something that hasn't happened in 297 straight NFL games. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre told USA Today on Sunday that he doubted he would be able to play Monday against the New York Giants.
But the player who hasn't missed a start since 1999 added that the one-day postponement “does buy a little time.”
Due to "overwhelming response," the Detroit Lions said they have stopped giving out free tickets for the relocated and rescheduled game, but added that those holding tickets to the game scheduled in Minneapolis will be admitted and given preferred seating.
Also, fans with tickets from the Lions game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday will be admitted with no reserved seating.
Should be quite a scramble for any of Ford Field's 64,500 seats, even for those who possess any of the three sets of tickets.
And just in case you still haven't seen the video of the Metrodome roof collapsing, it's pretty incredible ...
-- Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: Lavelle Alexander, right, of Detroit, stands in line to get free tickets for the Minnesota Vikings' Monday night football game against the New York Giants at Ford Field in Detroit on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010. Credit: David Coates / Associated Press