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Thursday, October 06, 2011

WSSU Officials Overestimated Size of Gym for Chris Paul Game

Officials said they "assumed the gym could hold 3,095 people"

Winston-Salem State University officials said hundreds of ticket-holders were turned away from Saturday's NBA All-Star basketball benefit game because organizers overestimated the size of the gym.

Officials said the university's athletics department made the mistake of misjudging the size of the C.E. Gaines Center.

Athletic Director Bill Hayes said the venue holds about 700 fewer seats than the number of tickets printed and sold.

"We assumed the gym could hold 3,095 people including the 95 temporary court-side seats, when in fact the actual seating capacity of C.E. Gaines is 2,300 or 2,395 with the temporary seats," said Athletic Director Bill Hayes, in a prepared statement.

A sign posted inside the gym states "occupancy by more than 2,570 persons is dangerous and unlawful."


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