Thursday, July 23, 2015

Northern Colorado Simplifies Court Design

Via Matt Rachmiel and Uni Watch (via Ryan Pfeifer), Northern Colorado is getting a new floor. The new design features very little paint at all, with empty keys, empty areas inside the three-point arcs, and a mid-court Bear logo with only the outline painted. The school previously had a much busier floor.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Pan American Games -- Toronto

Above is a screen-capture of the basketball court-design for the Pan American Games, currently taking place in Toronto. There's a thick yellow ring around the main logo -- perhaps meant to depict a gold medal -- that I could do without. Other than that, I think it's a nice design. PASO stands for Pan American Sports Organization, whereas ODEPA represents the organization's name in Portuguese (the official language of next year's Olympic host, Brazil), the Organização Desportiva Pan-Americana.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Recent Visit to Purdue's Mackey Arena

I recently passed through Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and naturally I had to go by the Boilermakers' basketball facility, Mackey Arena. The building was open so I went in and took the following picture of the court (on which you can click to enlarge).

As it turns out, Purdue has made some modest changes to the floor design for next season. We don't usually cover arena exteriors on this blog, but Mackey's golden roof is worth displaying...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Georgetown Court-Design Contest

Via Uni-Watch, Georgetown University has been holding a contest to re-design its basketball court. Members of the public were invited to submit designs, with the deadline two days ago (May 31). The Georgetown athletics website shows 43 submissions. I can't say that I find any of them superb. You can click on each of the thumbnail versions to enlarge them. If you look at Design 26 (in the seventh row, second one from the left), you'll see that it features larger-than-life images of former coach John Thompson signaling a play to his team. Some of the submissions feature images of Washington, DC landmarks and monuments, but nearby George Washington University already has such a design.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

NCAA Women's Final Four Court in Tampa, FL

The women's Final Four is underway and, as usual, the women's court has a more adventurous design than the men's (which is not a tough standard to beat). Whether or not an intentional reference to the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team, the court's main feature is a depiction of rays of the sun, emanating from center-court in different shades of shellac. There are also palm-tree leaves painted in the corners. A third unique feature involves purple boxes in the keys, like rubber-stamp designs, saying "FOUR It All" (these are hard to read, except when there's a backboard-camera view of a free-throw attempt). Here's a photo of the court tweeted by Jeff Spiegel.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

ESPN 30-for-30 Shorts Video on Milwaukee Mecca "M" Floor

ESPN's 30-for-30 documentary series has a "Shorts" episode on the Milwaukee Bucks' Mecca "M" floor of the 1970s and '80s. I didn't know of the episode until tonight, when it re-aired. The original air date, I've learned, was July 1, 2014. One thing I learned from the video is that the floor was covered entirely in paint, with no natural wood showing; there were yellowish areas that looked like wood, though. The video, which runs 13:54 in duration, can be viewed here.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Conference Tournaments 2015

The forces of uniformity appear to be advancing. Nearly every conference-tournament court I've seen features the conference logo at center-court.There are some small flourishes here and there, such as the American Athletic Conference's light stars against the blue keys, but not much else.

Anyone noticed anything interesting?