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Giants-Vikings "sells out" in 90 minutes ... in Detroit

Fans wait in line in the bitter cold

Fans wait in line in the bitter cold to get free tickets for the Minnesota Vikings' Monday night football game against the New York Giants at Ford Field in Detroit. (Dec. 13, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Tonight's Giants-Vikings game might be at a neutral site at Detroit's Ford Field, but the stadium will be filled to capacity nevertheless. 

An estimated 30,000 free tickets were distributed this morning, and they were gone within 90 minutes. Ford Field capacity is 64,500, but fans who got the freebies this morning aren't guaranteed admission just yet. As it turns out, the tickets will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. 

All other seats are being held for fans with tickets to the game at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, which suffered a roof collapse on Sunday due to heavy snow. In addition, fans who attended Sunday's Packers-Lions game will be allowed in on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Fans began showing up at 5 a.m. this morning, according to the Associated Press. The ticket windows opened at 9 a.m., but closed by 10:30 because of the heavy demand. 

Several Monday charter flights were added from Minneapolis to Detroit, so count on some Vikings fans being on hand. And rest assured that Giants' fans who were set to attend the game in Minnesota will make it to Detroit in time for kickoff. 

The last game that moved on a day's notice was the Dolphins-Chargers game in 2003 that was played in Tempe, Ariz. because of brushfires in San Diego. Tickets were distributed free to that game. 

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