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Oregon’s new basketball court– strangest ever? (Video)

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Boise State’s blue football field, move over. You’re no longer the strangest playing surface in college sports.

The University of Oregon unveiled its new “looking up through the fir trees” basketball court Thursday night to reviewers’ head-scratching and complaints from TV viewers about glare from the light-colored “sky” section.

Not surprisingly, the new Matthew Knight Arena, like most everything Duck, was financed by Nike’s Phil Knight, who’s also responsible for the football team’s ultra-modern uniforms. The floor was designed by Tinker Hatfield, a former UO trackster and vice president of design and special projects for the Oregon-based shoe company. It’s intended as a tribute to the Ducks’ 1939 “Tall Firs” national championship team and to the Northwest in general.

Oregon Live’s Sean Meagher provides this review:

From my view in the 100 level last night, the in-person court visuals are not overwhelming. Being accustomed to the standard basketball court, it does take a minute for your eyes and mind to adjust to Tinker Hatfield’s take on the floor, but the contrast and glare are not nearly as stark from an arena seat as it appears to be on television. That said, I wouldn’t be opposed to a little subtlety … but who are we kidding, it’s Nike.

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