Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 | 2:17 p.m.
The UNLV basketball program may be difficult to recognize this year. Not only has the Runnin' Rebels' roster been upgraded significantly, but the team will debut a new court for the season opener against Florida A&M on Saturday.
The new floor features a rustic look, with a silhouetted version of the Las Vegas Strip prominently displayed.
It's the first time in two decades UNLV has integrated a new basketball court at the Thomas & Mack Center. The floor's design was handled by graphic artists at UNLV, and Robbins Sports Surfaces carried out the manufacturing. It cost $131,000, according to officials.
UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois said the program wanted its home court to represent Las Vegas.
“We are excited to debut our new court,” Reed-Francois said in a news release. “This new look is reflective and inclusive of our dynamic city, and we appreciate the teamwork of all involved in this process.”
Rebels players got their first look at the new floor during a practice today, and senior guard Jovan Mooring was impressed.
“I love the design, the creativity and the way it captures our city,” Mooring said. “Having a brand new surface to play on in the Thomas & Mack Center was much-needed. This new court gives us a real sense of pride.”