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Construction limits seats for Chambersburg basketball season

November 15, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Competition could be heated in high school basketball this season, particularly for tickets to Chambersburg Trojans home games.

With construction ongoing at Chambersburg Area Senior High School and the lobby being used as a weight room until a new gymnasium is completed, fire codes now limit seating to 1,000 fans.

This week, the Chambersburg School Board decided it will sell tickets in advance for home games when the season begins.

Sylvia Rockwood, director of information services, said Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association rules require that 25 percent of those tickets be set aside for opposing teams. People with Gold Cards, employee passes or student activity passes would be able to get their free tickets at the athletic office.

Prior to construction beginning at the high school, seating in the existing gym was about 1,400 people. The new gym will seat about 2,400, said Kevin Weller, the district's construction projects manager.

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When the board meets in December, it will consider renting a gymnasium at Shippensburg (Pa.) University for home dates against Harrisburg on Dec. 17, Steelton-Highspire on Dec. 23 and Carlisle on Feb. 6.

Seating capacity at the university would be 2,200, according to the proposals reviewed Wednesday by the board. Rental would be $400 for the first hour and $150 for each additional hour, plus a custodial fee of $160.

The board also looked at a proposal to use the gym at the Penn State Mont Alto campus, where the seating capacity is 1,350. There is no rental fee, but custodial charges would be between $200 and $300 per game.

The boys basketball team's first home game is Dec. 9 against Cumberland Valley, according to the district's Web site.

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