GLENS FALLS -- More than 300 people lined up early Saturday morning at the Glens Falls Civic Center in a line that snaked around the building, down Glen Street and onto Oakland Avenue.
Al Fredette stopped and talked to most of them.
"I know a lot of these people. It gave me something to do," said Fredette, whose son, Jimmer, will lead the Brigham Young University basketball team against the University of Vermont in the "Hometown Classic" game on Dec. 8 at the Civic Center.
Jimmer Fredette, who set a Section II basketball record by scoring 2,404 points while at playing at Glens Falls high school, led the Cougars to a 30-6 record and a second-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season.
"This is typical of the turnout and support Jimmer has had throughout his career," said Al Fredette, who arrived at midnight and spent the night despite already having tickets for his family. He said he was there to get tickets for friends who could not get to the Civic Center for the 10 a.m. ticket sale.
"Jimmer had played with a lot of these folks' kids. It's more an area thing than a Glens Falls thing," he said.
The fans appeared to be almost entirely local, though two people said they had driven up from Long Island to get tickets.
A small number of people, perhaps 40 or so, spent the better part of the night in line. That gave them first choice of seats, but it appeared fairly clear that the game would not sell out on the opening day of ticket sales.
David Aiello, director of marketing for the Civic Center, couldn't give a specific number of ticket sales, but said first-day sales were brisk and on par with expectations.
In addition to the tickets sold at the Civic Center, Aiello said Ticketmaster put about 1,000 tickets on sale online and in other box offices and they sold out in about 15 minutes.
The Civic Center's capacity for basketball is 6,200, and Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond has said he expects that with standing-room only tickets included, they could reach that mark. Diamond spearheaded the effort to get BYU to play in Fredette's hometown.
Sean Glasheen, now a student at Adirondack Community College, was a freshman during Fredette's senior year at Glens Falls and his memories illustrate why so he and so many others were willing to be out in Saturday morning's cold.
"He was one of the nicest kids in the school," said Glasheen, who stayed at the building overnight with a number of friends. "He would always talk to anyone who would talk to him. He's a great guy from small-town Glens Falls."
Fifth Ward Councilman Ben Driscoll said his son, Sean, arrived at the Civic Center at 10 p.m., and he stopped by when he took his dog for a walk at 4:30 a.m.
"There really weren't that many more people here, maybe 30 to 35," Driscoll said. "It wasn't the big, camp-out, Woodstock thing, but this was still impressive."
At 9:30, a trip down the hill and behind the building resulted in a count of 310 people, and that number was still growing.
Jen Rahl and Brian Dray were with Al Fredette at the front of that line, but they had different plans for what they were going to do after they had their tickets.
"I slept, because I have to be at work at 10:30 (a.m.), Rahl said.
"I think I will be in bed by 10:20 (a.m.), Dray said.
Beside the Glens Falls game, Rahl and Dray will be among more than 20 local residents flying to Salt Lake City for the Cougars' final two home games, March 2 against New Mexico and March 5 against Wyoming.
"I personally know of more than 20 people going, and that doesn't include Jimmer's family," Dray said. "We want to be there for Senior Night for Jimmer. Those are going to be two good games to see."