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Jack Stephens Center undergoing slight makeover

Submitted by Clayborn Waters on August 31, 2013 – 2:10 pmNo Comment

The Jack Stephens Center arena floor is getting a slight make-over, featuring new logos, line changes and waxing. The $15,000 project is expected to be complete during the first or second week of September.

John Evans, the associate director of athletics for facilities and events, said the court must be completely dry for at least one week before teams can use it again.

“If something goes wrong, then it [the court re-opening] gets pushed back a little back. The whole thing should take about three weeks from start to finish,” Evans said.

The Jack Stephens Center floor has been repainted rather frequently, over the last few years.

“This is the third time in eight years. Normally, they tell you about once every 10 years to do it,” Evans said.

The last make-over for the court game two years ago, when there were two three-point lines, and workers sanded the floor and removed the extra three point line.

Under normal circumstances, the floor would be repainted once every eight years. Evans said the reason for the third floor change was due to the change of the Sun Belt Conference logo this season.

Jack Stephens’ last name (Stephens) was on the court the very first time that the floor was painted. When he passed away, his first name (Jack) was added on the court.

“The only way to do it, to make it look right, was to sand the court down and to eliminate the old logo,” Evans said.

The new Sun Belt Conference logo has 12 long, curvy triangular arrows placed in a circular motion (mimicking an image of a sun) with “Sun Belt Conference” written under it. Four of the arrows on the top and bottom are orange, and the two other arrows on the sides are blue.

Part of the process of refinishing the floor included waxing.

“What they did, the process was they came and sanded it down so you didn’t see any line.” The floor was also taped and painted maroon. The new Sun Belt Conference logos will be added on to the floor. The logos will be painted as well. After the completion of the logos, coats of wax will be placed on the floor and will have to dry. Teams won’t be able to practice for another week, after the floor is officially completed.

The cost of the repainting is about $15,000, Evans said.

“The cost to do sand and repaint is about $15,000. The years that we don’t sand it down, they’ll just screen [it], where they take a very slight layer off and kind of scratch the floor up. Then they’ll put a new coat of finish on it and that’s about $15,000 dollars.”

The $15,000 was included in the budget for the Jack Stephens Center.

“It’s in the budget. It’s something we have to plan ahead for,” Evans said.

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