GLENS FALLS -- With one quick toss of a coin, the University of Vermont became the "home" team for its Dec. 8 matchup against BYU at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
But everyone, including UVM Director of Athletics Bob Corran, knew the Catamounts' home-team status was simply fate's attempt at humour.
Sitting front and center surrounded by former coaches and family during Tuesday afternoon's press conference in the Glens Falls Civic Center, Jimmer Fredette - the chubby kid turned Division I athlete - will be the home team that night in December.
Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond announced that tickets for "The Hometown Classic" will go on sale on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Civic Center box office. Prices will range from $30-$85, with $30 for end seats, $45 for middle bowl seats, $60 for courtside end seats behind the basket, and $85 for courtside seats.
Standing room only tickets will be available for $20 only after all other tickets have been sold out.
"We would encourage everyone to come down to the Glens Falls Civic Center box office to purchase their tickets because there will be a limited number of tickets available online," Diamond said.
Diamond had no exact figure on the number online tickets available, nor the number of tickets one person could purchase from the box office, but insisted all those details, along with a possible live broadcast of the game, would be worked out.
"I think we can hit about 6,000 to 6,200 people, which would include standing room only," he said.
It was Diamond's letter to BYU and program's tradition of scheduling hometown games for its players that eventually led to the happy marriage.
"When Mayor Diamond called with the opportunity to play in Glens Falls, we jumped at it," BYU associate head basketball coach Dave Rice said. "We're really looking forward to being back in Glens Falls as a team."
From the start, Fredette marveled at the possibility of playing a game in Glens Falls for his senior season. When flirting with the possibility of heading to the NBA, it was this game that even Al Fredette, Jimmer's dad, admits brought the 6-foot-2 guard back for another season.
"It's going to be a great experience," Jimmer Fredette said. "I've had some great memories here obviously at the Civic Center and in Glens Falls just in general. ... I'm always talking about it so they (team) are going to be excited to see what it's like."
Diamond said BYU is tentatively scheduled to arrive in Glens Falls on Monday, Dec. 6 for the Wednesday night game. UVM is expected to arrive on Tuesday. There are no definite plans about pre-game festivities, but Diamond said there will be a meet-and-greet with both teams following the game in Heritage Hall.
"I don't think there is any better way to thank them (supporters) than to be able to play a game back in my hometown," Fredette said. "I know it's going to be a packed crowd and probably not everybody will be able to get into the game that wants to get into it, but we're really excited to be able to have this opportunity."