Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Floor for Northern Illinois

Via the usual sources, Northern Illinois has a new floor design. As the writer in the linked document notes, the NIU court prominently features the playground blacktop aspect used previously by Central Florida. Another trend that Northern Illinois is following, of course, is the use of a huge logo and initials at midcourt.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Contest to Design Xavier (Ohio) Court

Back in May, the athletic department at Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio) gave fans a basketball-court template and invited them to submit their proposals for a new court design for the Musketeers. Those designing new courts were also encouraged to share their renderings on Twitter at #myxaviercourt. As shown here, numerous designs have been published on Twitter, some more serious than others.

Now, via Matt Rachmiel and Uni-Watch, we know the winning design for Xavier (shown here). Like several other courts containing images of local landmarks (herehere, and here), Xavier's will include a depiction of its home-city skyline.

Also, Uni-Watch features an interview with basketball-court designer Jordi Kodrinsky.

Friday, August 1, 2014

WNBA's San Antonio Stars Playing Tonight on Pink-Themed Court for Breast Cancer Awareness

Pink uniforms are a well-established way for sports teams to show their commitment to breast cancer awareness. The San Antonio Stars* of the WNBA have taken the effort to a new level, sporting a pink-themed court for tonight's game against the visiting Connecticut Sun. Here's a shot from the Stars' website (I don't know how long the graphic will remain on the team's site, so I've taken a screen capture).

San Antonio's pink court actually debuted a year ago, which I only learned tonight. Breast cancer survivors who are season ticket-holders did some of the painting.

Late night update: Highlights of tonight's game are available here (when the new page opens, scroll down a bit).
*Until this season, the team was known as the Silver Stars.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dayton Court Features New Logo

From the usual sources, the University of Dayton Flyers have a new logo. It's a big "D" with stripes to the left, similar to the Philadelphia Flyers' striped-P logo. Previously, the court featured "DAYTON FLYERS" at center-court. Even though the rest of the court design (e.g., red out-of-bounds area, open keys) looks the same as before, the new logo at center-court gives the floor a new look.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

New Court Designs for Northwestern and Baylor

Via the usual sources...

Northwestern will be switching to a more conventional design, after painting the area inside the three-point arc purple.

Baylor, which had experimented with top-of-the-key circles that looked like basketballs and shellac-filled key and arc areas, is likewise dialing back the visual overload. The new court will be pretty minimalist (almost like Indiana's). Note also that the mid-court area will now sport the name "BAYLOR" rather than the interlocking BU, as well as the new, curvy Big XII logo in the keys.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Historical Look at University of Florida Courts

From the website Stadia File, here's a look at present and past floor designs at the University of Florida's O'Connell Center (or "O-Dome"). Whereas the Gator logo has been featured at center-court in recent years, the shape of the state of Florida adorned the court a generation ago.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

NC State Latest to Go With Huge Logo

From the usual sources, NC State's new floor will feature a huge wolf at center-court.