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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Conqs ask school board for use of Civic Center

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  • The Dodge City Community College athletic department is looking to return to play basketball at the Civic Center.
    The request to the USD 443 school board for permission to return their basketball games to the Civic Center starting in the 2014-15 season after playing at United Wireless Arena for the past three seasons. The request for the school board to ratify the agreement should take place Monday night during the consent agenda of Monday's meeting at the administration offices.
    Community college athletic director Casey Malek said the department felt the Civic Center would be a better situation for the teams with trying to schedule around the Dodge City Law, the indoor football team that started practice and play in February.
    "The maintenance staff at UWA were great and we had no problems at the facility," Malek said. "We will have more access to practice and play. The needs for us makes the Civic Center a better fit."
    The college will pay an annual fee of $12,000 to the school system for use of the Civic Center under the proposal, with the college getting both the ticket sales and concession receipts. Malek said he didn't know the total amount, but he said it would be a lower cost to play their games at the facility that was the home of the Conquistadors before moving to UWA.
    "The lower cost and getting the concessions is just a plus for us," Malek said. "The cost wasn't the big issue. The big issue is that we couldn't use the facility like we would have liked to help our teams."
    The agreement of the term would be from Oct. 1 through March 31, 2015 with 16 game dates for the Conquistador men's and women's basketball teams, as well as practices at the Civic Center. Among the dates include eight for Jayhawk Conference Western Division games in January and February, plus the Conq Classic and Pizza Hut Classic in November.
    No mention of what the parties would do if either of the community college basketball teams would host a Region VI tournament first round contest in March.
    The college hasn't used the Civic Center since December 2012 when the Conquistador men's basketball team played Missouri State-West Plains in a game because of a scheduling conflict with United Wireless Arena.
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