General manager of facility says chances for women’s basketball games are good.

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The Luzerne County Convention Center Authority will meet at noon May 8 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — A decision on whether the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza will host NCAA women’s basketball championship tournament games should be made soon, said the general manager of the facility.

Earlier this year the arena bid on hosting the 2014 Eastern Regional Division I, and Rebecca Bonnevier, general manager, said it had a good chance of landing the games.

She told board members of the Luzerne County Convention Center Authority, which oversees the arena, that she was awaiting word.

“I think it will be in the next few days,” Bonnevier said.

The board also is awaiting the completion of a $20,000 feasibility study on how best to use the planned 20,000-square-foot expansion of the arena.

Donna Cupinski, board chairwoman, said Restaurant Advisory Services still has some work to do. The board approved hiring the company from Paoli in February for the approximate six-week study.

“We’ll have it at the next meeting to share with everybody,” Cupinski said.

The board approved the purchase of door hardware and a new boiler to replace parts and equipment worn out from daily use at the nearly 14-year-old facility.

Arena officials sought five bids for the door hardware, Bonnevier said. The lowest bid for hinges was $1,675 from Mesko Glass, and Kelly Bros. had the lowest bid of $4,644 for the hardware, including crashbars and closers. The total cost approved by the board was $6,319.

Mechanical Services submitted the lowest bid of $18,660 for the boiler. Bonnevier said four quotes were obtained.

The board also approved the installation of removable bollards or posts on the pedestrian bridges to prevent vehicles from driving on them.

Cupinski said there is money left over from a state Department of Community and Economic Development grant for the bridges that can be used on the bollards. The lowest bid for the material was approximately $6,000, nearly the exact amount of the remaining money from the grant, Cupinski said. The board approved a cost not to exceed $6,100.

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