When South Carolina basketball fans arrive at Colonial Life Arena, they’ll see a new-look court.
Men’s and women’s coaches Frank Martin and Dawn Staley had input on the design.
“The current floor we have went in in 2007,” assistant director of operations and event management Tim Strunk said in a release. “When it comes to floors there are a certain number of sandings that can be made on the floor that affects the life expectancy of it. Every time you want to change the graphics, change the paint, or if there are rule changings for markings of the three point line or anything like that, you have to sand it. That takes some of the ‘meat’ off of that floor. It thins out the wood. We’ve gone through several of those, so we knew it was time and that this is something that was inevitable.”
There will also be a new floor installed under the court, which will have impacts on student-athlete safety.