Joe Paterno's Casket (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Thousands waited up to three hours Tuesday to offer one final goodbye to former Penn State coach Joe Paterno. His closed casket was put on display in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the Penn State campus and mourners were allowed to walk by it and offer their condolences and say prayers for the Penn State legend, who died of lung cancer Sunday at the age of 85.
Several former players, including LaVar Arrington, Kerry Collins, Jack Ham, Blair Thomas, Stefen Wisniewski, Kyle Brady, Larry Johnson, Bryant Johnson, Daryll Clark and Franco Harris were in attendance while current players rode three blue team buses to the viewing.
Line for Joe Paterno viewing (Alex Brandon/AP)Tuesday marked the first of three days people will get a chance to say goodbye to Paterno. The family will hold another viewing Wednesday and a public memorial service will be held Thursday in the Bryce Jordan Center, the school's basketball arena.
The university offered about 10,000 free tickets for Thursday's memorial service through the athletic department site and they were sold out in seven minutes. The demand was so high that some tickets even found their way to eBay, but were pulled down because eBay does not allow the sale of tickets to free events. The basketball arena holds 16,000.
In anticipation of demand to watch Thursday's memorial service — either in person or on the Big Ten Network, which is carrying it live — several professors have canceled their Thursday classes.
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