Obviously, this pales in comparison to the loss of lives and homes of people, but Hurricane Ida also impacted Seton Hall University’s basketball programs, moving them to the eve of the day. for the 2021-22 season.
The destructive storm flooded the lower level of the Richie Regan Recreation Center, rendering the auxiliary gymnasium, locker rooms and meeting rooms indefinitely unusable, those familiar with the damage said. The Walsh Gym was elevated enough to escape the flooding, but with its nut soup renovation still underway – the project is slated to be completed by the end of next week – the Pirates’ men’s and women’s basketball programs ‘practice off campus.
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The men’s team runs preseason training at Kean University in Union and Seton Hall Prep in West Orange. The women’s team trains at Rutgers-Newark. Officials from the Seton Hall Sports Department expressed their gratitude to these schools for the use of their facilities.
Although the recreation center contains a spacious field with basketball courts used for intramural and pickup games, the all-purpose rubberized surface is considered unsuitable for long-term use by basketball teams. due to the risk of injury.
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The auxiliary gymnasium in the basement of the Recreation Center, where the men’s team trains, has been badly affected by Ida and may be out of service for some time. This means the women’s basketball and volleyball programs will share Walsh, which undergoes the biggest overhaul since it was built in 1940, when the historic gymnasium reopened. Large-scale training is scheduled to begin the week of September 27.
The weight room, also located on the lower level, suffered water infiltration but is operational.
The damage caused by Ida should be covered by insurance, said those familiar with the situation.
Jerry Carino has covered the New Jersey sports scene since 1996 and the pace of college basketball since 2003. He is among the Associated Press’s Top 25 Voters. Contact him at [email protected]