The Chino Hills boys basketball team will be playing Mater Dei in an Open Division quarterfinal on Wednesday in one of the most eagerly anticipated contests of the season. But the game will be held at Colony, not on the Huskies home floor.
Chino Hills Athletic Director Phil Garcia says he was given a heads up two weeks ago that he might be ordered to find another site because the school’s gym capacity of 1,3000 isn’t up to what the CIF mandates for a big game.
Not that Garcia could do too much two weeks ago. Other schools had to keep their gyms available for their own use in case they had a home game.
So Garcia has been scrambling.
Fortunately for him, Colony, whose boys and girls teams are both still alive, won’t need it. They’re games are on the road and on different days. Colony seats a little more than 2,000.
But should the Huskies really have to give up their home court advantage? Is it more important to give access to the game to more people?
I can see it both ways.
The CIF didn’t make the Huskies move their Open Division quarterfinal last year. That game was against Redondo Union. So is it just because this one is Mater Dei? Garcia said that game last year was sold out and more spectators were turned away at the door.
My guess is the CIF sees the opportunity to make a few more bucks. If that’s not it then there should be a rule across the board in place before the season starts so schools aren’t left scrambling at the last minute.
Two other games are also being played on neutral courts – Corona Centennial and Orange Lutheran will play at Hope International University while Bishop Montgomery and Cathedral will play at Monrovia High School.
The Huskies played in a summer league at Colony so at least their a little familiar with those surroundings.
This game will be sold out too. In fact, Garcia doesn’t expect any tickets to be available at the door so spectators are advised to get them at the school today or Tuesday.
Anyone have any other thoughts on the matter?