By Molly Daly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s own outdoor skating rink re-opened Friday for its 18th season.

The reopening of the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing was greeted with screams.

Not for the prospect of open-air skating, but for the ribbon-cutter and headliner: 14-year-old Australian pop singer Cody Simpson.

“I’m Cody Simpson’s biggest fan, I just love him so much — he’s so hot — and we are gonna get married forever and ever and ever and ever. And I’m really sick, and I came here anyway because I love him. Obviously — I don’t have a voice, but I’m his biggest fan,” one extremely excited attendee said.

In fact, about a thousand future Mrs. Simpsons turned out–and in some cases, camped out–to see their idol.

One fan from York said she arrived at 2 a.m.

And were fans like these planning to skate?

“No. Yeah. Gonna try to. Maybe after,” a chorus of voices answered.

Reported by Molly Daly, KYW Newsradio

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