The Northern Maine Community College basketball team will play home games on the other side of the city this year. Construction continues on a new Fitness Center at NMCC and that means the gym was unavailable for home games. So the Falcons will play at Wieden Gymnasium on the UM Presque Isle campus this year.
UMPI has been very gracious about letting us use it for the home games. People in the league are fine with that and most of them were in the NAIA at one point so they are used to playing there. We really appreciate Chris Smith and his staff who man the scorers’ table for us. The University of allowing us to play there.”
UMPI Interim Athletic Director Paul Stone said it was an easy decision that shows the cooperative effort between UMPI and NMCC
” This was a no brainer decision for us. We want to have a good relationship with NMCC. We have close ties with Bill Casavant and we want to work with him as much as we can. It was minor adjustments for us moving some practices around.”
Casavant has several ties to the University as a former player, coach and Athletic Director for UMPI. He said that because of a different three point line in college UMPI was the only local alternative and other then that his team would have spent a lot more time on the road
” The only other alternative was to be on the road all season. We would have to go to every place twice to play them and that is not conducive to our student athletes. The games would be mostly during the week because weekends are tied up already. We are very fortunate very happy and will be looking forward to coming back and playing in our own place next year when everything is done and the construction is finished.”