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Seating to be tight at CASHS hoop games

December 04, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Seating will be tight for fans this season at the gymnasium of Chambersburg Area Senior High School, but the Trojan boys' basketball team apparently prefers to keep its home court advantage to playing on a larger neutral floor.

Last month, the Chambersburg School Board reviewed proposals to play three of CASHS's home games at a 2,200-seat gymnasium at Shippensburg University: Harrisburg on Dec. 17, Steel High on Dec. 23, and Carlisle on Feb. 6.

The reason is the seating capacity of CASHS's gym has been reduced from 1,400 to 1,000 during the renovation of the high school to comply with fire codes.

"The team ... felt they would rather play here than somewhere else," Athletic Director Don Folmar told the board.

"But you haven't asked the fans," board member Fred Rice said.

Jay Lightfoot of Chambersburg, a regular attendee of meetings, said demand for tickets might not be so great.

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"I think it depends on whether you have a winning team," Lightfoot said. "If it's like the football, not too many might come."

"I have a concern with the limits we have with 1,000 seats," said Board President Stanley Helman. Some of the board members remarked that so little seating for the school's biggest games would upset longtime fans and perhaps create security issues with spectators being turned away at the door.

On the other hand, renting the Shippensburg facility would cost more than $1,000 a game and the high school would realize no revenue from concession sales.

The board decided to pre-sell tickets to the Harrisburg and Steel High games, but reserve the date to play Carlisle at Shippensburg, just in case.

For games at CASHS, the district will have 750 tickets, according to the plan. Anyone with a Gold Card, employee pass or student activity pass could get a ticket at no charge at the Athletic Office and 250 would be set aside for sale to the public.

The opponents' schools would have 250 tickets available for presale. Any tickets remaining from the presale and the opponent's presale will be sold at the door.

A new high school gymnasium seating about 2,400 will be completed by July, Superintendent Joseph Padasak said.

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