JAMESTOWN – Jamestown’s semi-pro basketball team is asking for the community’s support following a difficult start to their spring season.
Jamestown Jackals team owner Kayla Crosby tells WNY News Now playing their home games in Pennsylvania, due to COVID-19 restrictions in New York State, has been difficult mainly because of the lack of local fans.
“Even though COVID has restricted the number of tickets we can sell, we have not been close to selling out,” said Corsby. “Game day revenue has been limited with the small fanbase.”
Thankfully, Crosby says the Hagerty Family Events Center will host five of the team’s remaining eight home games, allowing up to 350 fans which is much closer to what they averaged at Jamestown Community College.
“It’s also been difficult to find volunteers that can commit to driving to Erie and groups that want to perform during halftime for games,” furthered Corsby. “Even though things have not been easy, I personally am continually amazed at the doors being opened.”
She thanks the Busti Church of God for donating their 24-passenger bus to the team. She also has gained a few volunteer staff members from the Erie Bayhawks as well.
“We will not give up, but we really need the community to step up,” said Crosby. “We need to fill up all of the 350 capacity this Sunday and for the next two weeks, as we host 5 home games in a row.”
The Jackals go into week five of 12 leading the northeast division with a 6-2 record.
Tickets can be purchased online at JamestownJackals.TicketLeap.com.