10,000 Paterno memorial tickets go in 7 minutes

The tickets were distributed free through the athletic department website with a limit of two tickets per person.

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    Mourners pass a portrait of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno during Paterno's public viewing at Penn State University on Jan. 24. Penn State football player John Duckett, (r.), class of 2014, stands on the alter.
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Penn State officials say no more free tickets are available for a memorial service for the late Joe Paterno after the public claimed more than 10,000 in about seven minutes.

The service will be held Thursday at Penn State's 16,000-seat basketball arena.

The tickets were distributed free through the athletic department website with a limit of two tickets per person.

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Demand was so great that some tickets were posted for sale on eBay. But the online auction site pulled down those ads because it does not allow the sale of tickets for free events.

Paterno died Sunday as the winningest coach in major college football. That was just over two months after he was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach.

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