Sunday, August 29, 2010

FIBA Men's World Championships in Turkey

The international basketball federation FIBA holds a world men's championships every four years, in even-numbered years in which there is no summer Olympics. This year's tournament is being hosted by the nation of Turkey, in various locations around the country. The tournament homepage can be accessed by clicking here. The court from one of the games is shown below. It looks fairly ordinary, except of course for the trapezoidal key used in international play and the wordmark in the middle of the free-throw circle.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Flooding of Iowa State's Hilton Coliseum

This item is not so much about court design, as about major damage to a court. Via the UniWatch blog, we have some links about the severe flooding of Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University (you have to scroll pretty far down, once the UniWatch page comes up). Here's a video of the draining of water from the building. I also found this photo montage. Cyclones' women's volleyball has had its entire home schedule moved out of Hilton, but the facility is expected to reopen in time for the women's basketball home opener on November 4. I'm sure I speak for readers of this blog in wishing the people of Ames the speediest possible repairs to any damage suffered to their homes and other property, and in wishing that Hilton Coliseum returns as quickly as possible to being a rockin' basketball venue (screen capture below from this ISU athletics photo gallery).

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Time-Lapse Video of Ohio U. Center-Court Being Repainted

Via a discussion board at, an Ohio University fan site, here's a time-lapse video of the school's basketball arena (the Convocation Center or "Convo") getting a new center-court floor design. I'm surprised the new logo was painted directly over the old one, without the old one being removed more thoroughly. One participant on the aforementioned discussion board suggested it might be a cost-saving measure, as a comprehensive refinishing of the court presumably would have been more expensive.