Friday, March 14, 2014

Men's Final Four Court Unveiled & Conference-Tourney Notes

Via the usual sources (Uni-Watch and Matt Rachmiel), the floor design for this year's men's Final Four has been unveiled. The Final Four will be played at the Dallas Cowboys' domed stadium.

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The Southeastern Conference tournament floor in Atlanta's Georgia Dome sports a large, circular SEC in a lighter shade of shellac than the rest of the court, surrounding the regular SEC logo in the center circle. Here's a screen-capture from ESPN3.com.


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The Sun Belt tournament floor in New Orleans features a mural of the home city's skyline. Click here first and then, when the page comes up, click on the small photo of the floor to enlarge it. (Note the Superdome in the panorama.)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

College Spun's "13 Coolest Courts"

The website College Spun shows panoramic photos of what it considers the "13 Coolest Courts in College Basketball" (link). College Spun evidently has a preference for color- and design-saturated floors, many of which have been discussed (and critiqued) here on this blog.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Twitter Page @HoopsCathedrals

I just learned about the Twitter page @HoopsCathedrals, which features numerous photos of current and historical basketball venues. The page, which can be accessed by clicking here, focuses on all aspects of the buildings that have hosted high school, college, and pro basketball (construction, exterior, and interior). Still, a good number of floor designs can be seen. Worth a look!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Cougar Logo Embedded in U. of Houston Keys

At the University of Houston's Hofheinz Pavilion, the keys are painted solid red with what appear to be a bunch of black curvy lines (see graphic below, which you may click to enlarge). If you look closely, however, the curves in the key depict the school's Cougar logo (upper left) -- but not all of it. In order to have the logo extend all the way from baseline to free-throw line, small amounts of the logo are cropped off the top and bottom. I've superimposed a partially transparent red rectangle on top of the Cougar logo (upper right) to illustrate how the key design apparently was created.


Sources: logo and video clip.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Hypothetical Court Designs for Several NBA Teams

Via Reddit, Bleacher Report, and my colleague Dana Weiser, here's a link to some hypothetical NBA court designs. Note that some of these new designs involving changing teams' basic logos, as well as their courts.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Orange Bowl Basketball Classic

Although most sports fans associate the term "Orange Bowl" with the annual showdown between elite college-football teams played on (or around) New Year's Day, several other Orange Bowl-related events are held in sports such as lacrosse, tennis, swimming, sailing, and track and field. Among the competitions is the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, played in Sunrise, Florida at the BB&T Center. This facility, situated in Broward County, just north of Miami-Dade County, is known mainly for being the home of the NHL's Florida Panthers.

This year's Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, played last weekend, featured a college hoops doubleheader. Florida State took on UMass and Florida faced Fresno State. As shown in the following screenshots from the first game (source video), the BB&T Center has a colorful basketball court.


I'm not sure what the design just outside the three-point arc represents. The most likely contenders would seem to be Florida's ubiquitous palm trees or doves proclaiming "Peace on Earth" for Christmas. Note also that Florida State wore special turquoise uniforms for Native American Heritage Month

Sunday, December 8, 2013

More College Court Updates (Early Dec. 2013)

Four items today:

Temple University eschewed its on-campus Liacouras Center home yesterday to  host Texas at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, home of the 76ers. The regular Wells Fargo Center court is completely outlined in blue, with a 76ers logo at center-court. For the Temple game, however, some floor boards were strategically substituted to make it look like a Temple floor, as seen in the following screen captures from ESPN-U/Watch ESPN... (You can click on the photos to enlarge them.)


As far as these kinds of floor-board substitutions go, this one isn't bad. The only problem is that blue isn't a Temple color.

Mizzou Arena has added Tiger stripes along the baselines to reinforce Missouri's team nickname, as seen in the following screenshot from CBS...



Memphis has added a city skyline aspect to its court at Fedex Forum, based on shellac shading.

Finally, Rhode Island has added an interlocking, two-tone RI to its center-court (thanks to Matt Rachmiel). The two-tone aspect is not unlike that of Penn's "P."