COSTA MESA — Orange Coast College students Zach Mikol and Brittaney Beckworth lined up at 1 a.m. for Thursday's opening of the new Microsoft store at South Coast Plaza.
The pair were second and third in a line that stretched more than 2,500 shoppers deep.
They waited for hours in the morning cold for Microsoft's second Orange County store to open, so they could grab one of the 950 pairs of free tickets to a Selena Gomez concert, which the store handed out on a first-come, first-served basis.
Gomez, a Disney star, is to perform an exclusive concert 2 p.m. Saturday in the South Coast Plaza parking lot at Sunflower Avenue and Bear Street, shopping center officials said.
Mikol and Beckworth were also among the store's first 150 visitors who will have a chance to meet the singer after the concert and get her autograph.
Beckworth said the long wait for the chance to meet a teen idol, who became famous after starring on the Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place," was well worth it.