Gun show is no-go in Glens Falls Saturday

March 01, 2018 07:08 PM

GLENS FALLS - High school basketball has a rich history at the Glens Falls Civic Center, which is now Cool Insuring Arena.

The building is mecca for teams who dream of state championships.

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Saturday, sectional championships will be decided on the court at the arena, and for a time there was also going to be a gun show happening in the building's conference space known as Heritage Hall.

It had been scheduled for months and there was only going to be an overlap when basketball fans were coming and gun show attendees were leaving, but organizers of the basketball tournament say that wasn't the picture they wanted.

"There would've been maybe 30 to 45 minutes where both groups were in the same building, so we just decided that wasn't the right thing to do at this time," said Jeff Mead, general manager of Cool Insuring Arena.

Arena management and ownership talked it over with local school administrators who say the country is still reeling following the Parkland, Florida school massacre and the idea of having people carrying out guns as kids are walking in to root for their teams, just didn't feel right, right now.

"They bounced around some ideas, but in the end, the best decision was made and that was to cancel the show," said Chip Corlew, athletic director at Glens Falls High School.

The arena is working to re-schedule the gun show for a time in the spring that won't conflict with high school events.

"We're not against gun shows, we just want to make sure it's held in the right environment," said Mead.


Mark Mulholland

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