Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sacramento Kings to Use Three Court Designs (Primary and Two Alternates)

Via Uni-Watch, the Sacramento Kings will have a different floor -- three in total -- to match whatever home uniform they're wearing in a particular game.

Friday, September 8, 2017

DePaul Joins Skyline Club, Wichita St. Spruces Up

Via the usual sources...

To mark DePaul basketball's return to the city of Chicago (although not the school's Lincoln Park neighborhood) after nearly 40 years at the Rosemont Horizon/Allstate Arena, the floor at the new Wintrust Arena will feature the Chicago skyline.

Other schools with the home city's skyline on their courts include:
The Sun Belt Conference's tournament court has included the New Orleans skyline.

The NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers used to sport the city's skyline on their court.

Am I missing any?

On a separate matter, here's a time-lapse video of Wichita State sprucing up its floor to recognize its new membership in the American Athletic Conference and put the title "Devlin Court" on the floor.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

UCLA Brings Back Old Center-Circle Design

Via the usual sources, UCLA is bringing back its old "UC-LA" center-circle design. When Pauley Pavilion reopened in 2012 after a major renovation, the school switched to a cursive "Ucla" with an underline flourish, in which "BRUINS" was embedded.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Drexel Tones Down Its Dragon Logo

Via the usual sources, Drexel University's fire-breathing Dragon logo at midcourt is being toned down. A previous entry on this blog, depicting Drexel's logo at the time (and the University of Alabama-Birmingham's similar one), has long been one of my top-five most-viewed postings (see right-hand column). The new court will look like this.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Time-Lapse Video of Court Redo at Penn's Palestra

Via the usual sources, the legendary Palestra at Penn has modified its court in a couple of ways. As shown in this time-lapse video, the previous all-red out-of-bounds area has been switched to part-red and part-blue. Also, instead of just the iconic Penn "P" at center-court, the "P" is now within a shield-design. Pretty cool!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Big 3: Summer 3-on-3 Half-Court for Retired Pros

Most readers of this blog have probably come across a telecast or other reference to the new Big 3 league, featuring former pros such as Allen Iverson, Kenyon Martin, and Mike Bibby playing half-court games of 3-on-3. If you haven't already seen the court design, there are at least two things that will jump out at you: a professional-quality hardwood floor built specifically for half-court play (I've never seen one before), and the four-point shot area. OK, click here to take a look.

The Big 3's eight teams are not linked to cities, but rather have nicknames such as 3's Company, 3 Headed Monster, and Killer 3's. Each Sunday from late June to late August (except for the title game, to be held on Saturday, August 26), the league touches down in a different city, in barnstorming fashion. All eight teams appear on the same bill in a given city, playing a quadruple header.

Opening night in Brooklyn and Week 2 in Charlotte both used a court with the out-of-bounds area and key painted gray, so this may be the standard look for the whole season. It might have been nice to keep the design the same, for example, in terms of what is painted in and what is not, but use a different theme color in each city.

For further information, see the Big 3's Wikipedia page.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Kent State: Flash of Genius or Flash in the Pan

Via the usual sources, the Kent State Golden Flashes have added circular lightning bolts around the center-circle at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. Here's the previous court, without the bolts. And here's a prototype Kent State court tweeted by a design firm, which the university did not adopt.