GLENS FALLS -- A drawing will be held Friday morning at the Glens Falls Civic Center, not for Powerball jackpot, but for a chance to buy tickets for the Oct. 23 Phish concert.
City officials are seeking to prevent a mass campout in front of the Civic Center by fans trying to be first in line.
Starting just after midnight Friday morning, each person 12 and older will receive a numbered wristband. The wristband must be worn at all times and does not guarantee a ticket to the event.
Friday morning, a number will be drawn at random, and the person with that numbered wristband will become the first person in line when tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. The person with the second-highest number will be the next person in line and so forth.
For example, if the number 64 is drawn, the person wearing the number 64 wristband will be first in line. Number 65 will be second.
The number will be called 30 minutes before tickets go on sale. Ticket-buyers must be present when the number is called to enter the line. Anyone not present will be moved to the end of the line.
Civic Center officials decided to use a lottery to give people a chance at obtaining tickets without having to camp outside the box office, according to General Manager Jeremy Huelsing.
“This way it gives everybody a fair shot to be at the front of the line,” he said. “Whether you have wristband number one or wristband number 100, there’s really no advantage.”
He added that the wristband system, which has been used at larger venues, also helps to prevent scalping.
The Vermont jam band Phish last played at Glens Falls Civic Center in 1994 in a notorious five-hour Halloween concert. Now on a summer tour, Phish will take a monthlong break starting in early September, then begin a fall tour in October.
Tickets cost $65 and will also be available online at www.glensfallscc.com at or by phone at 1-855-GFCC-TIX.
Huelsing said he expects that all 7,500 tickets available for the concert would be sold.