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Covenant wants to return basketball to Civic Center
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Covenant Academy is asking city officials to consider a reduction in their fees so the private school can hold basketball games at McMinnville Civic Center.“I am excited to introduce an opportunity for the city of McMinnville to bring high school basketball back to the Civic Center,” said Alan Smith, headmaster at Covenant Academy, in a letter to city officials.The school would like to play its home Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference games at the Civic Center. The conference features Warren County’s own Boyd Christian, as well as two of WCHS’s opponents from last year.“The conference will not allow for their games to be played on concrete surfaces,” said Smith in explaining why the school needs a new location. The Civic Center charges $65 an hour, which Smith believes is excessive.“I have conferred with other MTAC coaches that must also rent facilities for their games and found the typical rate is $25 an hour,” he said.