Classic look prevails over blue on new Boise State basketball court

dsouthorn@idahostatesman.comJuly 17, 2013 

“It’s beautiful; it’s kind of a retro look,” BSU women’s coach Gordy Presnell said of the new Taco Bell Arena floor, which was unveiled Tuesday. “I think it will be great for the fans to watch.”

COURTESY OF BOISE STATE

— Taco Bell Arena has a new court - and yes, Boise State considered an all-blue design.

"We mocked one up, but I'm little bit more of a tradtionalist,'' men's coach Leon Rice said.

That traditional look was unveiled Tuesday, with BSU's new primary logo at midcourt. The previous floor existed since 2008-09.

"You can look around the nation, a lot of pro teams are doing this, the NCAA Tournament, this is exactly the way they do it,'' Rice said. "For us, the way we play, with as many 3s as we like to take, it shows you where it is pretty clearly, and the key being colored, it will hopefully keep the (former UNLV star and No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick) Anthony Bennetts of the world from staying out there too long.''

Rice, women's coach Gordy Presnell and Athletic Director Mark Coyle consulted on ideas for the new look during last season and into the offseason before deciding on the final design earlier this summer. Both coaches said the floor looked better in person than in the final design.

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