Monday, January 15, 2007
When a national 3-on-3 basketball tournament came to SC State last year, goals had to be set up outdoors because there was no indoor space for the participants to play.
Intramural basketball events and free play have traditionally been held in two of the University’s athletic facilities – Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center and Dukes Gymnasium. The courts are usually available for free play when there are no programmed events or classes scheduled.
Unfortunately, classes were being held in both facilities that day, said Gene Breland, director of intramural sports.
Today, however, students seeking an outlet for competition, health and fitness through basketball have a new outlet – and a new venue – for free play.
SC State unveiled a new outdoor intramural basketball court to the University community in a recent ceremony. The enclosed court is located in Mitchell Field, between Mitchell Hall and Oliver C. Dawson Bulldog Stadium. It took two months to prepare the courts for play, and plans are already underway to prepare the area around the courts for the addition of bleachers for spectators.
“It allows us greater reach in providing more services to students without having to worry about space,” said Breland.