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Eric Peterson, Published December 10 2013

Concordia makes adjustment to basketball hoops

MOORHEAD – Memorial Auditorium will have a different look tonight when Concordia hosts a basketball doubleheader.

The Cobbers won’t be using the baskets that hang from the ceiling, instead using baskets at each end that are now on standards.

“It looks like a basketball arena now,” Cobbers head men’s basketball coach Rich Glas said with a laugh.

The Concordia women’s team hosts Augsburg at 5:45 p.m. today. The men’s team hosts Augsburg at 7:45 p.m.

The new basketball standards were installed to help alleviate concerns with the roof’s snow load capacity. Concerns the school announced in the fall.

“They’re just doing some provisional measures,” said Roger Degerman, senior director for communications and marketing at Concordia. “The facility is very safe. Everything that is being done is out of an abundance of caution.”

In order to ease pressure on the roof, speakers and sound shells were removed from the Memorial Auditorium roof. The scoreboard that used to hang above center court has also been taken down.

Degerman said it is yet to be determined if any of those elements can be hung from the roof again.

The facility is still in the midst of a structural engineering study that should be completed near the end of winter or early spring.

“We are just waiting for the study to be completed,” Degerman said. “Our facilities management team and the engineering team have been in great communication.”

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