AMHERST, N.Y. — A few lucky Western New Yorkers have tickets in hand to say hail to the chief Thursday. UB officials handed out tickets Tuesday to see President Obama's speech at Alumni Arena.
Students and faculty were entered into a lottery for the bulk of the tickets. The remaining tickets were given out on a first-come, first-served basis at the arena box office.
People started lining up about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning to get a ticket. Those who did say being there Thursday will make the effort worth it.
"It's the president of the United States, and it's such a great experience. I think a lot of people in this community can really relate to how we're feeling right now, and everybody's on cloud nine," said Jordan Cammard of Lockport.
Tickets are general admission, meaning those who want the best seats will have to get back in line early Thursday, or maybe even late Wednesday.
Doors open at 9 a.m. Thursday.