Photo by Chuckie Maggio
By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio
The St. Bonaventure men’s and women’s basketball teams will be back in the Reilly Center for practice on Tuesday, a team official confirms.
The teams spent the first week of official practice in the Richter Center, a multipurpose recreation center open to the university community, while construction crews finished maintenance and upgrades to the support beams that hold up the Reilly Center roof. The Richter Center court dimensions are not NCAA regulation.
The work forced SBU administrators to cancel the program’s annual “Select-Your-Seat Day” season ticket event and coinciding open practice that was scheduled for Oct. 2.
The news that the arena will be open for business this week ensures that the Bona Fan Jam, Bonaventure’s midnight madness-type event, will go on as scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 22. The Fan Jam will give the Bonaventure community its first look at the new-look RC in action, as a video board and new court surface were installed in the offseason.
The first game action will be on Nov. 5, with an exhibition doubleheader. The women take on Edinboro at 1:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game against Alfred at 4.