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Large Memorial Service Planned for Joe Paterno

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- More than 10,000 people will gather at Penn State's basketball arena Thursday afternoon to remember the university's head football coach Joe Paterno, who died last Sunday at the age of 85 from lung cancer complications.

Tickets for “A Memorial For Joe” went on sale Tuesday and sold out in less than 10 minutes.

Thursday's memorial follows two days of grieving for the winningest coach in Division 1 football, who was fired last November because of child abuse allegations against his former defensive coordinator.  Public viewings were held on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, before "Joe Pa" -- as Paterno is affectionately known -- was buried Wednesday afternoon.

 “A Memorial For Joe” will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center at 2 p.m. The event will also be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network and BTN.com

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