By Adam Carter, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It took a little more than two hours to give away free tickets to tonight’s game in Detroit. The Detroit Lions have stopped distributing free tickets to Monday night’s football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants.

The Lions gave away 30,000 tickets for the game, which was moved to Ford Field after the roof of the Metrodome collapsed Sunday morning.

Fans lined up for the tickets at the Ford Field ticket office beginning at midnight. The office opened at 8 a.m., and the tickets were gone shortly after 10 a.m.

“It’s like a once in a lifetime thing for the NFL,” said Jeff Jones, who drove to Detroit from Toledo, Ohio to get a free ticket. “It’s just great, especially in this economy.”

Vikings fans who had tickets to the originally scheduled game at the Metrodome will still get a premium seat for the game at Ford Field if they choose to get to Detroit by the 6:20 p.m. kickoff.

Ford Field holds 64,500 people.

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Comments (26)
  1. Kevin says:

    As my sister told me, “its a chance to see a team that plays better than their own”

    1. Cindy says:

      You must be talking about the Giants…surely the Vikes aren’t better than the Lions this year!

      1. huh? says:

        @cindy, the Lions arent even close to the Vikings skill and record.

  2. Andrea says:

    Toys for Tickets would have been a great idea.

    1. steve says:

      great idea,people in mi. would give, people in mn. not so much.

    2. Jilly says:

      Imagine the happy kids that would of resulted in….

  3. Ray says:

    If they were giving away free tickets most of you vike fans would be out there too. So why not enjoy it as much as we pay for tickets anyway.

  4. ray says:

    If they offered you free tickets you would be there too. And we all enjoy a good game.

  5. Zach Redburn says:

    If you are ignorant enough to make fun of people for being enough of an NFL fan to sit outside in the freezing cold and get a ticket to a possibly historic game with the Brett Favre Saga going on, then you obviously dont know anything about Detroit, Michigan, or really whats going on in the United States today. Wake up

    1. Jilly says:

      How can it be historic cause of Favre? I fell for that in 2005, paid almost $600 for 2 tickets at Lambeau to see his final game on Christmas against the Bears. He’s had a few more final games since then….

  6. Zach Redburn says:

    Go Giants!

  7. red says:

    I like to the toys for tickets idea or some sort of donation food shelves or something

  8. Paul says:

    Actually, you would have to work for 8-10 hours to afford tickets to an NFL game. Besides, how do you know they weren’t off?

    1. False Facts says:

      paul, you could have bought tickets on stubhub for this game for as little as $3. Get your facts straight bub

  9. Sandy says:

    What a joke! Why not the TCF stadium – will the 15,000 less non vikings fans make the networks THAT much more in revenue. I thought they wanted to play outdoors?

    1. Nicole says:

      Per the U of M: University of Minnesota officials told the NFL that TCF Bank Stadium was shut down for the winter and would take several days to prepare for another game. Removing all the snow, figuring out how to cram 64,000 Metrodome fans into a 50,000-seat stadium, and the fact that the Giants did not bring any cold-weather gear with them from New York for what would have been a brutally frigid night game all combined to make that site problematic.

      That’s why the didn’t choose TCF. Maybe you should check these things out before you get mad. And the Vikings are going to refund the tickets of anyone that can’t make it to Detriot.

  10. shawn says:

    The U of M pres said they couldnt get tcf ready in time for tonight. Should be interesting where they play next monday vs the bears. It better not be Detoilet again! The U would be dumb not to host next week and make some dough from the nfl and concessions etc since they are hurting financially anyway!!

  11. Jilly says:

    I wouldn’t pay a dime to watch the sorry vikings……

  12. Tish says:

    Hay all you big/trash talk’en Packer fans, were you so drunk that you forgot what happened Sunday.. you got beat by the Lions 7 to 3… remember?

  13. Straycat says:

    So lets see here….. free tickets to see a Vikes home game in Detroit. How come no free tickets ever to see the Vikes at the Dome. 50 years of Vikes and Detroit gets free tickets. Seems outta balance. Maybe they should have rescheduled the game at Minnetonka High and given away free tickets.

  14. TONY SNOW says:


  15. Neil says:

    Is the Vikings game on TV?

  16. Michelle says:

    Are you people really from MN to be whining like this, um @straycat, they gave tickets away so there are people in there actually watching, its not like hey let’s give these to people in MI they deserve it, helllllloooooooo we couldnt have it here!!! @Neil yes it is 6:20 on Fox

  17. Jilly says:

    Ummmm Tish? You know what they say about assuming? It tends to make one look like an ASS and in this case it’s quite true. Where do you see anyone talking about the Packers?

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