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    Northwestern Announces New Welsh-Ryan Arena Court Design



    Aug. 16, 2011

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    EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern University today unveiled its new design for the playing court at Welsh-Ryan Arena to be incorporated for the upcoming 2011-12 school year.

    The new design continues to feature the Ncat logo at midcourt. The interior of the three-point arcs are purple with the exception of the lanes which are the traditional wood color. The brand new Big Ten Conference logo is located just below the top of the key inside the free throw semicircle.

    The frame of the court is purple and features the word "Northwestern" along one baseline and "Wildcats" along the other in white Morgan Poster Avec font. Centered along one sideline is "" which is the Northwestern Athletics website, while the opposite sideline features the phrase "Chicago's Big Ten Team."

    The words "Welsh-Ryan Arena" appear twice on the playing floor, once on each half of the court.

    Four prospective designs were unveiled to fans Aug. 1 on the Northwestern Athletics Facebook page as well as The final design was chosen through a combination of fan feedback and Northwestern athletics department staff members. The chosen design received the most Facebook "Likes" of the four options.

    The process of redesigning the court, from beginning of work until it is able to be used again, is expected to last three weeks. Crews from Specialty Floors, Inc., of Rockford, Ill., began work on the project Monday as they started with sanding the floor, eliminating the current design.

    A unique feature of the new design is that it will be stained and not painted as is traditionally the case, allowing for the wood grain to be seen.

    The first competition scheduled to be held on the court is the Wildcat Classic hosted by the NU volleyball team on Sept. 16-17.


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