Yep, I couldn't avert it. I got to that awful, predictable headline before anyone else could.
So, yeah, Towson's following in the foosteps of Oregon and giving itself an unconventional court makeover. Dan Steinberg, author of the no-slouch D.C. Sports Bog, shared the news, which Towson's also spreading. Secret's out now.
The Tigers are taking on their identity in full, painting orange stripes onto their new court. The job only requires eight gallons of paint, according to the school, but those 62 gallons of finish are what lead to the 500 man hours to complete the project. You can see a photo gallery of the new floor here.
Senior Associate Director of Athletics Mike Harris added that "we've worked with Rick Pallansch and our University Design Center over the last couple months to create a design for the floor and have contracted Master Care Flooring, Inc. out of Baltimore to bring it to life. The floor is in a warehouse in the Brooklyn/Curtis Bay area where it is being worked on now."The court is also part of the brand-new Tiger Arena, which is still two years away from opening. But from the looks of it, this slab of maple will see the light of day before Tiger Arena, which Towson's already calling its arena "THE BEST IN THE MID-ATLANTIC," opens.
If you'd like to see what the arena will look like, click here.
Hey, if you're Towson hoops, you're not going to get a lot of run in the offseason -- or the regular seaosn, for that matter. I've always been a champion of this sort of thing. It adds personality and character to arenas, and if it doesn't truly affect the players from playing, then who cares? Embrace change, give yourself an identity, something that pops on the TV screen, and make sports more fun.
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