Georgetown University is pursuing the possibility of playing several home basketball games next season at Captial Centre, according to Frank Rienzo, the school's athletic director.
Hoya Coach John Thompson has recruited three of the nation's top 15 high school players, including 7-foot Pat Ewing of Cambridge, Mass.
Georgetown, coming off a 20-12 season that included an NCAA tournament bid, normally plays home games in its campus gymnasium, McDonough Arena, which has a capacity of 4,600. Capital Centre seats 19,000 for basketball.
"We're examining all our options, as we do for every year," Rienzo said. "Every year we sit down and look at games that might sell out at the Captial Centre. We certainly haven't come close to deciding anything at this point. But sure, the Capital Centre is a possiblity."
University officials said Georgetown and representatives from Capital Centre have met to discuss the possiblity. Jerry Sachs, president of the Centre, declined to comment on whether GU has negotiated with facility officials.
The most attractive games on Georgetown's still-incomplete schedule are with American University, Nevada-Las Vegas, Villanova and Syracuse.
The Hoyas, with Ewing and Washington all-Americas William Martin and Anthony Jones joining all of last year's starters, figure to be ranked in the preseason top 10. Scores of people have called the school inquiring about purchasing season tickets, which have not gone on sale yet.