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. “This rate also affords the school the ability to charge admission and sell concessions. The Manchester city facility also charges $25 an hour for gym rental.”
Smith encouraged officials to consider helping the school in its efforts.
“I am requesting the city review its rates and policy to better accommodate the use of this valuable asset to the community,” he said. “We understand the cost of such a facility and would greatly appreciate the opportunity to host our games there. It would only require the use of the gym and a few locker rooms.”
City officials gave the letter to Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord and asked him to look into what the cost would be and if anything could be done to lower it.