Published May 30, 2013
The Division of Athletics has released plans for a new basketball court in Alumni Arena that features a modernized look and a New York State map in its design elements. The new layout also highlights the name of the university at center court, as well as the official interlocking UB logo.
“As we continue to build on the potential that UB has on a local, regional and national level, this new court design will not only protect the past, but also embrace the tremendous opportunities that New York State provides our institution,” says Danny White, director of athletics. “As fans are watching our games in Alumni Arena, we want the message to serve as a reminder that UB is not just a great institution in the city of Buffalo, but it also ranks as the largest and most comprehensive public university in the state and the only Division I FBS program in the SUNY system.
“With an alumni base that reaches across New York,” White says, “we felt it was time to capitalize on our status in the Empire State, similar to our peer AAU institutions that compete at the FBS level across the country.”
Initial work on the new floor design began last week and is expected to be completed next week.
I like the look, but it is too bad the emphasis is on "NEW YORK" and not "Buffalo." My experience with out-of-towners is that they think "New York" is "NYC." We should be proudly saying "BUFFALO."
As a recent grad and WNY transplant, I'm very proud of my school and my city. But I think this design is a good move toward legitimizing the school at a national level.