GLENS FALLS — To handle the expected flood of fans at the Glens Falls basketball game on Saturday in Cool Insuring Arena, the state Federation Tournament schedule has been adjusted and broken into two sessions.
The Glens Falls game will start a little later — at 3 p.m. instead of 2:15 on Saturday. It will be part of a second session for the day. Tickets for each session are $12.
Three games will be played in the morning session, with the first game tipping off at 9 a.m. The second session will start with the Glens Falls game, according to Cool Insuring Arena General Manager Jeff Mead.
However, tournament directors will honor full-day tickets that were purchased before the decision was made Monday morning to split the day into two sessions. So those tickets will be good for the three games of session one as well as the Glens Falls game and games thereafter.
But those who have all-day tickets will still have to leave the building and re-enter for the second session after the first session ends, Mead said.
A sellout crowd is expected for the Glens Falls game, and fans were lined up for tickets on Monday morning at the arena’s box office.
Many also purchased ducats Saturday night and Sunday, when the box office was open for Adirondack Thunder hockey games.
As of late afternoon Monday, 4,100 tickets had been sold for Saturday’s afternoon session.
On Sunday, a similar schedule will be followed, with a morning and an afternoon session. Glens Falls will play again on Sunday if the team wins on Saturday. The morning session will include the girls’ Class B final at noon and the boys’ Class A final at 1:45 p.m. The afternoon session will be the standalone boys’ Class B final at 4 p.m.
Federation Tournament Director Chip Corlew, also the Glens Falls athletic director, said the decision to move the game times was a joint decision among Robert Zayas, the executive director of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Jim Foster, the executive secretary of the New York State Federation of Secondary Schools Athletic Association, Mead and himself. He noted that Zayas brought up the possibility of such a move Sunday night.
Corlew said he never remembers having to adjust times for the Federation Tournament during his many years involved with it.
“When Schenectady’s boys made it, with James Thomas, in 1998, I remember that was crazy town, but we didn’t have to move the game times. It was just crowded,” Corlew said.
Glens Falls qualified for this weekend’s state Federation Tournament of Champions, which includes private schools, by winning the public high school championship on Saturday over Lowville on a last second bucket by Joseph Girard III in overtime.
— Sports reporter Will Springstead contributed to this report.