March 6, 2008
Hardhats may call Holly Springs home
By SUE WATSON
Holly Springs may be the spot for the Mississippi Hardhats basketball team to play home games for the next two years.
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry recently met with Hardhats officials to discuss terms of a possible contract to practice and play games at the Eddie Lee Smith Jr. Multi-Purpose Building.
DeBerry said bringing the team to Holly Springs could be a positive for the city “if we are able to pull this off.”
Owner Jerry Montgomery has proposed to share a portion of the ticket sales and concessions with the city and to set up a scholarship fund for students going to college as incentives for the city to agree to let the team use its facilities.
Montgomery said the agreement with the city means a portion of the tickets and concessions will go to the city.
The city would be asked to provide basketball goals and a soft drink company would be asked to sponsor the scoreboard and shot clocks, he said.
The Hardhats will play 10 home games and 10 out-of-town games and there will be two exhibition games, said Kenneth Lester, president of basketball operations.
Ticket prices are expected to cost $6 for adults and $3 for children above the age of six. Six and under would be admitted free under the terms proposed by Lester.
Montgomery said season passes would be available for purchase and would include a T-shirt and autographed basketball.
The first games are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 5 and May 6, if the city approves a contract with the Mississippi Hardhats, Montgomery said.
Other Hardhats teams are located in Jackson, Memphis, Atlanta, Biloxi, South Carolina, and Nashville, Lester said.
He said the Hardhats will try to recruit four players from the local area.
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