Saturday, March 4, 2017

Watercolor Design Inside Three-Point Arcs in Women's ACC Tourney

I just came across the pink-green-light blue watercolor-type design inside the three-point arcs at the ACC women's tournament in Myrtle Beach/Conway, South Carolina. It turns out this floor goes back a year, to when the event was held in Greensboro, North Carolina. This article features a schematic of the court. Very colorful, but without overwhelming the visual sense!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Corporate Logos on NBA D-League Courts

I've recently started noticing corporate logos being used as the primary center-circle design for some NBA Development League courts. Apparently, I'm about two years late to the story, which was reported here in November 2014.

One of these courts is at Dr. Pepper Arena (Frisco, Texas), home of the Dallas Mavericks-affiliated Texas Legends. The midcourt logo here apparently has changed a few times, including one for Hewlett-Packard (circa 2010) and its present Dr. Pepper emblem.

The other arena is the Westchester County Center, home to the Westchester Knicks. Its floor features a Chase banking/finance logo (additional images here).

A third D-League venue I discovered with a corporate logo is the DeltaPlex Arena, home to the Grand Rapids Drive. The logo for Michigan's Chemical Bank adorns this hardwood.

Perhaps there are others. I certainly prefer to see team logos at the center-circle, but corporate imagery seems to have an inevitability in gaining greater exposure on basketball uniforms and courts.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

New "Solid-State" Court at Nevada (Reno)

With schools such as Illinois, Nebraska, and Ohio State exemplifying the recent trend of depicting the shape of the home state through subtle shadings of shellac, there is at least one place that has implemented a new design with a state shape in solid color. It is the University of Nevada (Reno), whose home game today against Fresno State I caught a glimpse of on the CBS Sports Network (cable).

The court features a large grey shape of Nevada at midcourt, with a blue outline. Inside the shape appears an arched "NEVADA" wordmark, above a wolf logo (the team is known as the Wolfpack). An article containing visual images of the new court is available here.