(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) — The list is long of those who wish to pay their final respects to former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, who died last Sunday at age 85.
Over 10,000 tickets to Thursday’s memorial service at Penn State’s basketball arena were distributed in no more than seven minutes on Tuesday.
Penn State’s athletic department made the tickets available on its website with just two tickets allowed per user.
Some ticket holders tried to profit off of the memory of Paterno, who was fired last November because of child abuse allegations against his former defensive coordinator, by hawking the tickets on eBay. The auction website quickly pulled down the postings because it does not allow users to sell free merchandise for a profit.
Meanwhile, thousands of mourners turned up Tuesday to view Paterno’s coffin at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, a religious sanctuary that Paterno’s family helped build and worshipped in every Sunday.
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