Ducks unveil crazy new basketball floor
Oregon already had the most uniform variations and most luxurious locker rooms of any school in the country, and now it might just have the most unique basketball floor, rivals.com reported Saturday.
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The floor of the newly built Matthew Knight Arena is framed by a painted forest of fir trees in honor of the 1939 national title team nicknamed "The Tall Firs," and also as a tribute to the school's picturesque setting.
The slogan "DEEP IN THE WOODS" is positioned in the center of the court in a bid to intimidate the opposition.
It is named Kilkenny Floor after Pat Kilkenny, who served as the school's athletic director from 2007 to 2009 and was a long-time supporter of Oregon athletics.
The court was designed by Tinker Hatfield, a former Oregon track and field star who is now Nike's vice president of design and special projects.
“We wanted to design the most iconic television presence possible for the University of Oregon by conjuring up a highly unique and visible basketball floor design,” said Hatfield, who designed many of the shoes from the famous Air Jordan line.