Day 2 of student campout for tickets to Saturday’s Aztec game

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Thursday was day two of waiting for San Diego State University students who bundled up to line up early to get their hands on the 2,500 general admission student tickets available for Saturday's men's basketball showdown with Brigham Young University.

Students began lining up outside the Viejas Arena ticket office about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, braving chilly overnight temperatures with sleeping bags and makeshift tents. The tickets won't be handed out until Friday at 4 p.m.

Many students were working together in shifts to allow them to attend class and handle other matters before re-claiming their spot in line. Other student groups split themselves up between the ticket office and the Viejas Arena gate, which is scheduled to open at 9:30 a.m. Saturday — 90 minutes ahead of the contest, which will be nationally televised on CBS.

Camping out for basketball tickets is typical at some hoops hotbeds but not San Diego State, where the Aztecs have complied a best-ever records of 27-1 and climbed to a No. 6 national ranking.

City Hall has also gotten caught up in the excitement. Earlier this week, Mayor Jerry Sanders encouraged San Diegans to wear red and black, the school's colors, on Friday, when a downtown rally is scheduled for 10 a.m.

City Councilman Kevin Faulconer, an SDSU alumnus, placed a sign in his office window that reads, “Brigham Down Aztecs!”

The Aztecs are seeking to avenge their only loss of the season in the game against the No. 7 Cougars.

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