Freezing for pizza

Grand Forks, ND (WDAZ-TV) – What would you do for free pizza for an entire year?

1000 Degrees Pizza gave free pizza to everybody at Thursday’s grand opening. They also promised free pizza for a year for the first 10 people to show up in line. Some were in line since Wednesday night.

Jim Knable, UND student: “It’s free. I’ve never actually had this pizza so I don’t really know how it tastes but I’m assuming it’s pretty good. It’s pizza.”

Spoken like a true college student. Most of the 10 people that braved subzero temperatures for 10 inches of dough and melted cheese were UND students.

Augustine Brock, UND student: “Hopefully it is 1000 degrees to counter this cold weather.”

From the hungry to the borderline strange; one man wouldn’t even come out of his tent to explain why he’s braving elements.

Alexander Fief, ‘Tent Man’: “Free pizza. My mother always told me that frugality is a virtue so I figure that this is my ticket to heaven.”

At 7 a.m. after 9 hours in the deep freeze, the adjoined hotel let the disheveled youths line up out of the cold. They were quickly joined by nearly 100 others for the hottest free thing in town.

And when the doors opened: jubilation. The 10 that made it will get one free pizza for every week of 2016.

Knable: “I think after that night, you have to like it. So just keep thinking back to sitting outside in the cold and you’ll like the pizza.”