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#1 fedefox

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Posted November 07, 2010 - 03:45 PM

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In addition to the most uniform combinations and the most luxurious locker rooms of any school in the nation, Oregon will soon be able to lay claim to the country's most original basketball floor.

Oregon officials unveiled the floor of newly built Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, and to say the least the design lives up to the school's reputation for cutting-edge panache and flair. The court is framed on all sides by a forest of fir trees, an homage to the school's picturesque Pacific Northwest setting and to Oregon's 1939 national title team nicknamed "The Tall Firs."

Kilkenny Floor is named after Pat Kilkenny, a long-time supporter of Oregon athletics who served as the school's athletic director from 2007 to 2009 and ran the recent coaching search to replace Ernie Kent. In the center of the floor is the slogan "Deep in the Woods," which is meant to intimidate opposing teams. (Yes, seriously)

Considering Oregon's deep-rooted ties to Nike, it shouldn't surprise anyone that Tinker Hatfield is the designer of the floor. Hatfield, a former Oregon track and field star and vice president of design and special projects for Nike, designed many of the shoes from the famed Air Jordan line.

"When I was asked to work on the new floor for Matthew Knight Arena, I really boiled it down to three things," Hatfield said. "I really wanted to pay tribute to Matthew Knight himself, to the Kilkenny family and lastly but maybe not least, I wanted to pay tribute to the Pacific Northwest and the Tall Firs, the original basketball team that won a national championship for the University of Oregon in 1939."

Like the famed blue "Smurf Turf" at Boise State's football stadium, Oregon's forest floor is meant to be an iconic design that will immediately be recognizable to TV viewers nationwide. The design has already created a buzz, generating stories in local and regional papers and coverage from a variety of blogs.

What has been the reaction from Oregon fans? Based on the comments section from a story on this Ducks-themed site, mostly positive thus far.

Wrote one Oregon fan, "In a word, awesome."


http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/the_dagger/post/Oregon-s-new-arena-features-a-memorable-basketba?urn=ncaab-283060

So hot...

Edited by fedefox, November 07, 2010 - 03:45 PM.

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Posted November 07, 2010 - 03:50 PM

Eugene, Oregon FTW. Now let's see if their basketball team can win a game...I miss the days of good pac-10 basketball. When the Ducks had Brooks, Hairston. When UCLA had Farmar, Aflalo, Hollins...those were the days.

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Posted November 07, 2010 - 04:15 PM

Wow. Just.. Wow. :blink:

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Posted November 07, 2010 - 04:17 PM

nice


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Posted November 07, 2010 - 04:33 PM

hurts my eyes

Pau Gasol is GONE


#6 L.A.K.E.R

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Posted November 07, 2010 - 04:53 PM

Oregon has the coolest college sports stuff I've ever seen. They go all out. Awesome stuff.

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Posted November 07, 2010 - 04:58 PM

anyone else think it looks ugly as all-hell?

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Posted November 07, 2010 - 05:19 PM

Oregon has the coolest college sports stuff I've ever seen. They go all out. Awesome stuff.

Well that happens when Nike is located near your campus and it was created by a graduated student and an ex coach.

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Posted November 07, 2010 - 05:42 PM

I like it

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Posted November 07, 2010 - 06:45 PM

anyone else think it looks ugly as all-hell?

co-sign... a little too much for a basketball floor.

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Posted November 07, 2010 - 06:57 PM

I think it looks orgasmic.

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Posted November 07, 2010 - 07:38 PM

It'd be SOO sick to be an athlete at Oregon.

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Posted November 07, 2010 - 10:00 PM

Has a cool aspect to it but uh.. a little too much :hmm: It's tolerable tho i guess. im leanin more towards ugly tho

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Posted November 07, 2010 - 10:07 PM

Has a cool aspect to it but uh.. a little too much :hmm: It's tolerable tho i guess. im leanin more towards ugly tho


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Posted November 08, 2010 - 12:19 PM

It'd be SOO sick to be an athlete at Oregon.

free Nike stuff everyday :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

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Posted November 09, 2010 - 06:19 AM

Oregon should no longer be the ducks...


It should be


The Oregon Guinea pigs of Nike

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Posted November 09, 2010 - 07:19 AM

i need to see it on tv to judge it, but by this picture alone my eyes kinda hurt

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