College basketball: 6 more of the most interesting court designs
Last week, we released a list of the most interesting court designs in college basketball. While the original list was narrowed down to just nine, fans weren't afraid to point out ones we missed.
But don't worry, we heard you loud and clear. So based on your Facebook and Twitter suggestions, here are more of the most interesting court designs.
CSUN (formerly Cal State Northridge), The Matadome
The Matadors has to be one of the coolest mascots, right? Luckily CSUN's court reflects it accordingly with its blacktop court. As part of its rebranding efforts in 2014, CSUN decided to go with the blacktop design to elevate its basketball programs. The biggest feature besides the color is the giant Matador in the center with a silhouette cape surrounding the bull fighter. The red logo pops out against the blacktop which completes the bold look.
University of Central Florida, CFE Arena
A few others on the list incorporate the blacktop design, but UCF can lay claim to the first in college basketball. The project was completed back in 2013 and UCF administration wanted its new look to be impactful, yet classic. Mission accomplished. The Knights succeeded with their hints of nostalgia and childhood memories of shooting hoops at the local playground or on the streets.
Colorado State, Moby Arena
There is no need to remember Colorado State's mascot with the court design at Moby Arena. It features the Rams logo in center court and a darker pair of ram's horns are placed perfectly on top. It must be a different experience to watch the game on the other side of the arena where the rams look upside down though. You can check out Colorado State's interactive panoramic view for a closer look at the court and arena.
Northern Illinois, Convocation Center
Northern Illinois wanted to be innovative with its basketball floor put in place two years ago. While initial thoughts on the court's makeover were mixed, no other program can really say it has a black-and-white hardwood court. It must be strange for the players though to go from blacktop to white scheme inside the 3-point arc and paint. But those piercing blue Husky eyes in the center are hard to miss. NIU released a cool time lapse video of the 2.5 hours it took to install the new court in 2014.
Oakland, Athletics Center O'Rena
Oakland debuted its fully blacktop court for the 2015-16 season. But unlike the other blacktops courts out there, the Golden Grizzlies went all out with the playground effect by not mixing it with other colors. The bonus features of the Michigan outline near halfcourt and the school's Twitter handle and hashtag separate it as well. With social media world we live in, schools in the future probably will take a cue from Oakland and add that component on their courts.
Oregon, Matthew Knight Arena
At a program known for its color combinations, it shouldn't be any surprise that Oregon started the whole crazy court trend back in 2010. Oregon wanted to pay homage to the "Tall Firs" 1939 national championship team and thought a new court would complete that purpose. The design can be hard on the eyes since it incorporates so many elements and different hardwoods. But there is no denying how much it stands out and you can tell how much work was put forth. The graphics took nearly 2,500 man hours to complete and almost two miles of stencils were used.