Tonight’s Bay Shore Athletic League boys basketball semifinal between St. Mary’s and Salesian is sure to draw a huge crowd. The teams already filled up McKeon Pavilion at Saint Mary’s College in the first meeting and had a strong crowd at Laney College for their second showdown. The rivals meet again tonight at 7 with a berth in the BSAL championship game on the line, but this time it will be played on the campus of Salesian — which possesses one of the smallest gyms in the East Bay. So why was the game not moved?
I just got word from Salesian that they tried to have the game moved to Pinole Valley, which was available, to accommodate a larger crowd. Since the BSAL takes the gate receipts from all playoff games, Salesian felt the league should pay the facility rental cost at Pinole (in the neighborhood of $1,500). With the bigger venue, it would probably at least triple the attendance, thus tripling the gate and that rental cost would be made back and probably then some. The league shot down that request and Salesian (I believe rightfully so) was not willing to pay that cost without being able to receive any gate money in return.
So the game will stay at Salesian. I’m told there is a list set up with names of players’ parents to ensure they’ll be able to buy a ticket and enter the game, but for the general public my only advice is get there early.