Tickets to Thursday’s public memorial service for football legend Joe Paterno were distributed within minutes after being made available at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
It took only minutes more for pairs of the tickets to start showing up on eBay, a situation that university President Rodney Erickson called “reprehensible.”
The memorial service, scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Bryce Jordan Center, is free, but because of limited space, tickets are required for admission. The BJC has capacity for 16,000 people.
The bidding on one pair of tickets reached $98,100 before the listing was removed from the auction website. Another pair sold just before 11:30 a.m. for $500 from a seller in State College.
Some comments on Twitter and elsewhere indicated that Penn Staters entered exorbitant bids in the thousands of dollars to try and draw eBay’s attention to the auctions. The auctions were removed not long after they first appeared on the site. Read the complete story at centredaily.com