First Baptist Academy opens basketball home

MESQUITE, Texas -- Dallas First Baptist Academy's basketball team claimed a gym on the seventh floor of its downtown campus as home for as long as anyone can remember.

To reach the Veal Gym, it took an elevator ride past a level that contained a roller skating rink and several floors of Sunday school classes in a structure that, from the outside, appeared to be just another office building.

The framework for a new multipurpose building for the use of First Baptist Church now stands where the Veal Gym once existed, leaving the Saints without a gym to call their own throughout the 2010-11 season.

On Tuesday, First Baptist opened shop in a new home court, contained inside the newly renovated field house at the Saints Athletic Complex just off Buckner Blvd. and I-30.

The complex puts all of the Saints' sports teams in one place. The school's football, baseball, softball and wrestling teams have already broken in the facility. The renovations also provided for a wrestling-specific practice room.

The christening of the new gym was enough for Saints fans to endure two district-opening losses to Tyler All Saints. The boys lost 70-20 and the girls fell 53-34.