Knapp Center Court Replacement Nearing Completion

first_img DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University’s Knapp Center received more than $700,000 of upgrades during the summer, including the complete replacement of the Knapp Center courts and installation of a state-of-the-art lighting system.The replacement of the court marks the first time since 1992 that all 28,388 square feet of the Knapp Center floor has been replaced. The center game court, known as Ron Pearson Court was replaced in 2006.”I’m excited about how well the new Knapp Center court and lights look and how it will enhance our student-athlete and fan experience at the Knapp Center,” said Drake University director of athletics Brian Hardin. “An undertaking of this significance is a result of the hard work of countless individuals and tremendous support from our administration and donors. Drake University president Marty Martin and chief administrative officer Venessa Macro have been instrumental in this project and I thank them for their commitment to enhancing the Knapp Center experience. I can’t wait for our student-athletes to compete on this surface and look forward to future improvements that will further complement the gameday experience at the Knapp Center.”The new surface, manufactured and installed by Robbins Sports Surfaces features their Bio-Channel SB technology that is engineered to safeguard the well-being of athletes and passes all global performance standards. Underneath the court’s northern hard maple, the interwoven subfloor design is perfect for carrying heavy loads and elongated anchor slots allow lateral movement to reduce the buildup of stress, maintaining structural integrity and uniformity for superior gameplay. Robbins’ Bio-Channel SB flooring solution is utilized by more than two-thirds of NBA teams and more than 40 NCAA Division I programs including UCLA, Kentucky and Indiana.Visually, Ron Pearson Court features the Drake athletic logo at midcourt and ‘Drake Bulldogs’ wordmark along each baseline. The entire court will be ringed in Drake’s iconic blue with ‘Ron Pearson Court’ in white text along the south sideline. The LED lights also create significant economic and environmental benefits for the Bulldogs by reducing the number of lighting fixtures inside the Knapp Center from more than 300 to 90 energy efficient LED lights. The new court and lights will make their competitive debut Sept. 7 when the Drake University volleyball team hosts the four-team Hotel Renovo-Wildwood Lodge Invitational, presented by Heart of America GroupPrint Friendly Version Story Links Photos While not visible on gameday, the accompanying practice courts pay homage to Drake’s history in their design. Each of the four adjacent courts features historic Drake logos at midcourt. The northwest practice court features the center court design from Drake’s 1968-69 Final Four season. The northeast court will have the design used in the Drake Fieldhouse during the early 1980s from when the nascent Drake women’s basketball program became a Gateway and Missouri Valley Conference power.The southwest court commemorates the construction and opening of the Knapp Center with a similar midcourt design featuring the ‘Marching Spike’ logo. The southeast court honors Drake’s more recent history with the current secondary ‘D’ logo.Shining a light on the new surface will be new state-of-the-art LED lights manufactured and installed by Musco. In addition to providing a more even, consistent light throughout the Knapp Center, the technology will also allow for customized lighting configurations and special effects to enhance the gameday experience for fans and student-athletes alike.”Thanks to the generosity of supporters such as John Lorentzen and Penney Fillmer, Jim and Ellen Hubbell, Bill and Kay Riley, Dick Sussman and the William C Knapp Charitable Foundation, our student-athletes’ successes will be illuminated by a modern lighting system that features many technological, economic and environmental advantages,” Hardin said. “The functionality and flexibility of this technology will add additional vibrancy to the gameday atmosphere at the Knapp Center.”last_img read more