The Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon is finally opening Matthew Knight Arena, the $227 million replacement for aged but beloved McArthur Court.

Southern California (10-6, 2-1 Pac-10) is the first team to visit the Ducks (7-9, 0-4) in the new building, which features a distinctive floor painted to look like it’s shaded by a forest.

The new court was supposed to debut at the start of the Pac-10 season, but it was push back in August just in case the school’s football team went to a bowl game. Smart move. It turns out Oregon went to the BCS championship.

Now that the big game -- a 22-19 loss to Auburn on Monday night -- is over, Oregon’s focus turned to the gala opening Thursday night of the 12,500-seat facility.

McArthur Court was the basketball team’s home since 1927.