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Fans in Philly ingnore cold temperatures to wait for tickets
Posted: Tuesday December 26, 2000 6:17 PM
Three Eagles fans show off their playoff tickets after braving cold temperatures on Tuesday morning. AP
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Hundreds of Eagles fans braved bone-chilling temperatures Tuesday for a chance to buy tickets for the team's first playoff game appearance in four years.
The Eagles will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 4 p.m. on New Year's Eve in the wild-card game. The last time the Eagles had home-field advantage for the first game of the playoffs was in 1995.
The line for tickets began to form at 8:30 p.m. Monday, 11 hours before tickets went on sale. Eagles spokesman Ron Howard said he arrived at the office Monday night to find two men setting up camp.
"I went into the office and brought out Eagles jackets and hats for each of them to help them keep warm," Howard said. "Then I said to them 'I have good news and bad news. The good news is it is Christmas and you guys are the first in line. The bad news is you parked in Coach [Andy] Reid's spot.' Of course, they moved their car after I told them that."
Fans, who were lined up into the parking lot, kept warm with sleeping bags, air mattresses and bonfires.
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