ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The Reilly Center will enter its 50th season of operation when the St. Bonaventure basketball teams take to the court this fall, but Bob Lanier Court will have a completely new look.
The court has a fresh appearance for its 50th anniversary with a total re-design. The court was completely sanded down before work began on implementing the new design.
The update to the court was, in part, necessary because the paint was last done in 2007. DeClerck Flooring Company, which painted the previous design, strongly recommended that the floor be completely sanded for its long-term preservation.
"We could not be more pleased with the redesign of Bob Lanier Court," St. Bonaventure Director of Athletics Tim Kenney said. "As part of the scheduled maintenance to preserve the wood floor, we were able to repaint it in a way that truly reflects the brand of St. Bonaventure University. We cannot thank DeClerck enough for the fantastic job that they did for us and we are sure that our fans will love the new look come basketball season."
The areas inside the three-point lines are stained for a dark brown look with gray marking the three-point lines as well as around the key. The inside of the key is stained white for a noticeable contrast in colors. The floor itself will be noticeably lighter from past years, allowing for all of the court lines and logos to be well defined. At center court, the Bonnies "shield" logo with updated colors will take center stage for all fans in the arena and viewers watching at home. Another change will be found on the baseline where "St. Bonaventure" now shines through in natural wood with the University's brown painted around the lettering.
Click the photo below for a photo gallery of the re-design process as well as a time lapse video of the work.
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