Over his 61 years at Penn State, Joe Paterno made thousands of friends and countless fans. The legendary football coach’s wide-ranging impact is evident in the long lines of mourners waiting to pay their respects to Paterno on this the first day of a two-day public viewing.
The closed casket will be accessible for viewing until 11pm tonight, and again from 8am to noon on Tuesday, at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on campus. A private, family funeral will follow on Wednesday afternoon.
Thursday’s public memorial service, “A Memorial for Joe,” will be held in the 15,000 seat Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State officials made free tickets available starting at 10am this morning; within minutes there were none left.