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CALDWELL -- The College of Idaho has not had a football program for almost 40 years. Tuesday night, they got things going again with reserve season ticket sales.

The College of Idaho originally planned on selling around 450 reserve seats. After a big expression of interest from the community they increased to about a thousand, but in two hours they were sold out.

The first fan in line got there at 4:15 p.m., even though tickets couldn't be purchased until 7:00 p.m.

Joe Hughes, with the College of Idaho Athletic Department says they are excited by all the support.

It just shows that there's a real thirst, a real desire for small college football here in the west end of the Treasure Valley, said Hughes.

Fans of all ages, both parents and alumni, and people from Caldwell came to get tickets and show their support.

They've got a new program, they need to be supported by the local people I think, and i think this is a good way to get started, said football fan Dave Pate.

We live here in Caldwell and we're looking forward to seeing football again, said local Gary Stiehl.

Many folks who came out remember the last time the Yotes had a football team, and some played on it!

I was just glad that it was back, it was a good community event, said Sheila McGregor, who was disappointed when they got rid of the football program years ago. I think it's going to be very well supported by the community.

Nothing galvanizes people like coming and tailgating and going to a college football game and that's what we'll see, Hughes said.

The college intends to add more reserve seating on both sides of the current area. They say they'll have more information about that in the next day or so.

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