Update at 12:05 p.m. ET: There's been such strong demand for the free tickets to tonight's Minnesota Vikings-New York Giants game in Detroit (moved there because snow collapsed the roof of Minneapolis' Metrodome) that the freebies are now all gone.
The Detroit Lions front office, which has been handling the tickets distribution, says that:
"Due to the overwhelming response this morning for tickets to tonight's game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants at Ford Field, tickets will no longer be distributed."
What's more, it looks like some folks who have the free tickets may not get in. Fans who had bought tickets for the game (when it was supposed to be played Sunday in Minnesota) get first priority. Next in line: Fans with ticket stubs from yesterday's Lions game. Then come those who lined up for free tickets today. If enough fans show up to fill Ford Field (capacity 64,500), then some late-comers may not get in.
Our original post:
This won't warm the hearts of fans in Minneapolis, but football fanatics in Detroit are getting an unexpected treat today.
Tickets to tonight's Minnesota Vikings-New York Giants game, which is being played in the Motor City, are free.
The game was supposed to be played in Minneapolis yesterday. But, as Korva reported, it had to be moved when the Metrodome's roof caved in under heavy snow.
There was a long line several hours before the ticket windows opened this morning, the Detroit News says.
Unfortunately for tens of thousands of others in the Detroit area, however, the power's out — and temperatures are frigid. The Detroit Free-Press says crews have restored power to many who had lost it, however.