By Kyle Peveto, Staff Writer
The wooden floor in Moody was resurfaced and completely repainted this summer for the first time in seven years.
The new court designs include an updated center court wildcat, the new Lone Star Conference logo at the ends of the court and variations on the design of the old court.
The Moody floor is resurfaced twice every year to accommodate the high traffic of Chapel. Repainting the floor completely, however, has not occurred since the wooden floor was put down in 1995.
While resurfacing the floor in the past, a mix-up was made in the refinishing of the floor.
“They got mixed up on what they were using from year to year and put a water-based finish on top of an oil-based finish,” said Jared Mosley, assistant athletic director for compliance and operations.
The mistake created an air pocket on the surface and resulted in the paint and finish being pulled up anytime tape was applied to the floor. The only way to fix the problem was to strip the floor completely and start over.
Staff members in creative services researched other courts in the NCAA while designing the new court.
“Any kind of design you have to look at what the trend is and see what will last for five years or so,” said Greg Golden, a graphic designer with the Creative Services Department.
The wildcat logo remains, but the ACU letters have been placed in the upper left corner of the court. The full title ‘Abilene Christian University’ is no longer printed anywhere on the court, which Golden says is an attempt by the university to be known by its acronym, ACU, instead of its full title.
Resurfacing and painting the floor took more than two weeks, Mosley said, “because the gym is used all year long, we only had a two week window to do it.”
Total cost of repainting and resurfacing the floor was about $12,000. Through long term planning for major maintenance by the Athletic Department, no extra money had to be raised or taken from other athletic programs.