Georgetown University, buoyed by outstanding recruiting, will showcase its basketball team by playing 12 of its 15 home games at Capital Centre this season.
The announcement came yesterday from Capital Centre President Abe Pollin and Georgetown Athletic Director Frank Rienzo, who have been working on the Hoya move to the 19,500-seat arena in Landover for the last three months.
"With the demand from students, faculty and alumni for tickets, and with the high interest in our new recruits, we feel this move fulfills an obligation," said Georgetown Coach John Thompson.
The Hoyas have played on campus in 4,400-seat McDonough Arena since 1951. Tickets, even for students, have become scarce.
Most Big East conference games, including those with St.John's, Villanova and Syracuse, are expected to be played in Capital Centre. GU's full schedule has not been released, pending television arrangements.
Among nonconference teams the Hoyas will play in Landover are American, George Washington, San Diego State and Western Kentucky.
Nevada-Las Vegas, in a game Dec. 5, probably will be the first Capital Centre opponent.
"We're not ready to say if this is a one-year or a 10-year deal," Thompson said. "We'll analyze this year when it's done. It's like coaching: you take one game at a time."