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Bieber fans flock to Save Mart Center area long before sold-out show

Lacy Andrews, 12, and her sister Emily, 15, came from Brentwood to see Justin Bieber. They made the four-hour drive with their parents, who also are going to the concert Saturday evening.
Lacy Andrews, 12, and her sister Emily, 15, came from Brentwood to see Justin Bieber. They made the four-hour drive with their parents, who also are going to the concert Saturday evening.

Justin Bieber fans began lining up at the Save Mart Center on the Fresno State campus at 5 a.m. Saturday to watch his road crew begin setting up and in hopes of scoring tickets to the sold-out concert Saturday evening.

There was much activity throughout the day as the concert arena was being prepared for the 7:30 p.m. show. Merchandise tables were being stocked and radio stations were setting up booths to take advantage of the Canadian pop star’s popularity. On Chestnut Avenue and in the Save Mart Center parking lot, Bieber fans (almost all teen girls) held signs and played Bieber music on their phones.

Merced-area residents Lola Barriga and Cassandra Ochoa didn’t have tickets to the concert, but they heard that Bieber’s manager often gives out tickets right before a show. They held signs that said, “Need tix to see our idol,” and were hoping they’d be chosen.

Lacy Andrews, 12, and her 15-year-old sister Emily made a four-hour drive with their parents from Brentwood in Southern California to see the concerts. They have tickets, and this will be the fifth time they’ve seen him in concert.

Their mom and dad will also attend the concert, but they were back in the hotel resting. Lacy and Emily wanted to be at the arena all day to take in the excitement. Lacy held a bright green sign that said, “Justin hug me,” and Emily’s bright pink sign said, “Justin, can I please have a hug?”

Bieber last played at the Save Mart Center in 2012.

Coming later Saturday: A gallery of photos from the show and video of fans and Joshua Tehee’s review.

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