One upside to the weekend snow: free football.

WWJ’s Vicki Thomas went to Ford Field — where she found people who started lining up for tickets at midnight for the Monday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants.

Vickie says the scene reminded her of the time when Detroit hosted the Super Bowl: It’s that much enthusiasm! People were lined up to get their free tickets, saying they want to see a great football game.

The tickets went quickly — running out shortly after 10 a.m.

Football fan Jeff Jones drove to Ford Field from Toledo. He and his entourage were first in line at midnight.

“We’re the original seven. We’ve been here since midnight,” one woman told Vickie. She said they managed the brutally cold weather by huddling together under piles of blankets.

Jones and his entourage say they want to see the game because “it’s like a once-in-a-lifetime thing for the NFL and for the Lions and the Vikings and for the Giants to do this for everybody. It’s just great, especially in this economy,” Jones said.

Another fan had this to say, “This is as close as Detroit is gonna get to a playoff game.”

When the box office opened at 9 a.m., the line wass wrapped around the stadium and when the screen went up and the ticket office started handing out tickets, fans let out a whopping cheer.

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  1. Donna Pepper says:

    You have a typo in your headline, “Vickings” instead of Vikings!

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