GLENS FALLS — Mayor Dan Hall has declared Tuesday to be “Red and Black Day” in the city and is asking all who live, work and play in the city to wear those colors to support the champion Glens Falls High School boys basketball team.
The team won the Federation Tournament of Champions on Sunday by defeating Cardinal O’Hara High School 88-79 before 3,800 fans at Cool Insuring Arena.
The city is celebrating the team’s accomplishment with a procession, which will kick off at 5:45 p.m. from the high school.
The route will travel along Sherman Avenue to Glen Street, then east along Glen Street to the traffic circle. It will go around the circle and north along Ridge Street to Maple Street before ending in City Park, according to Mike Mender, assistant to the mayor.
The mayor is encouraging fans to line the parade route dressed in red and black to celebrate with the team.
The team is expected to arrive in City Park at about 6 p.m.
Hall and members of the Common Council will greet the team and say a few words of congratulations. Hall will read a mayoral proclamation.
The team qualified for the Federation tournament after winning the Class B state title. Glens Falls finished the season with a 29-1 record.
Total attendance for the three days of the tournament was 10,800, according to Cool Insuring Arena General Manager Jeff Mead.
The community was very excited for the Glens Falls team, according to Mead. He said after Glens Falls won the semifinal match against South Bronx Prep 77-70 in overtime on Saturday, the box office sold 2,200 tickets in one hour for Sunday’s game.
“The lines were long, but this was due to having so many people wanting to get tickets at one time,” he said in an email.
The line to get in on Saturday was extremely long. Mead said the doors opened at 2:10 p.m. and the entire crowd was in the area and seated before 3 p.m.
“I think our staff did an incredible job getting the entire crowd in. We did as the tournament asked us to do and I think we did it very well,” he said.
He said on Sunday they decided to open the doors 30 minutes early to allow fans to get in.
“It was great for the community and for the Glens Falls basketball program,” he said.