EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article by Scott Kindberg, which won a New York State Associated Press Association writing award, originally appeared in The Post-Journal in February 1999.
The sign reads, "Welcome to the James F. McElrath Gymnasium: Capacity - 2,000 individuals."
But since the facility opened in 1986, Jamestown High School administrators haven't had to worry too much about breaking any fire codes.
For in a school known for its tremendous football teams, basketball, while strong most of the last 12 years, has only rarely - and mostly at playoff time - quickened the pulse rates of JHS sports enthusiasts.
This season the Red Raiders have regularly played before big crowds, including the last two which have been of the standing-room-only variety.