Georgetown University is negotiating to play its entire 1981-82 home basketball schedule at Capital Centre, it was learned yesterday.
The discussions are being held because of the high expectations surrounding the Hoyas, who successfuly recruited three of the nation's top high school seniors this year.
Because Georgetown's arena is so small (4,100 capacity), Hoya officials have been concerned about having to turn away potential ticket buyers and were having difficulty getting games with top teams.
Georgetown Athletic Director Frank Rienzo would not confirm or deny a move to Landover yesterday, but did confirm that the school is talking with Capital Centre officials.
"I would consider playing all our games there, yes; I would also consider playing none of our games there.
"We have discussed the possibility of playing games at Capital Centre every year. But as we discuss it this year, there are certainly elements that are different than in the past."
Rienzo continued: "In examining the various needs of the different segments of the community that we serve, we have to be aware that to continue to play in McDonough will lock out a significant portion of the community to whom Georgetown feels a relationship and a reaponsibility.
"If we can do something that will bring Georgetown basketball to a larger segment of that community, then it certainly has to be considered."
Capital Centre officials reportedly are willing to discuss giving the school a reduced rental.
"At the present time, we have no comment," Centre President Jerry Sachs said yesterday.
The Hoyas' home schedule for next season, not yet complete, includes seven games against Bit East Conference opponents -- Syracuse, Boston College, St. John's, Providence, Connecticut, Villanova and Seton Hall. cThe nonconference schedule is not firm yet, but a move to the Landover arena would undoubtedly help clear the way for games with big-name opponents.
Georgetown is scheduled to play Nevada-Las Vegas on national TV next season and has been contacted by Notre Dame, De Paul and Iowa. None of those schools would consider playing in a 4,100-seat gym because revenues would not equal travel costs.
If the deal to move the entire schedule to the Centre falls through, Georgetown is still expected to play some games in Landover.
Georgetown has reached the NCAA tournament the last three seasons, advancing to the East Regional final two seasons ago, and has sold out its home games against Davidson I opponents the last three years.
Because rental costs at Capital Centre are high, doubleheaders, with Georgetown as the feature game, have been discussed. At least one area coach, American's Gary Williams, said he would be interested in entering into a deal with Georgetown to move some of AU's home games from Fort Myer.
Williams said, however, that the two schools have not discussed a doubleheader.