The UNLV men's basketball team is looking to reestablish a winning culture and that means shakeups are needed. The team has already debuted new uniforms for the upcoming season, which were met with mixed reviews, and the latest change will surely have fans talking again.
For the first time in almost 20 years, the UNLV men’s basketball team has a new basketball court. The hardwood surface in the Thomas & Mack Center has been redesigned and features the world-famous Las Vegas Strip skyline.
“We are excited to debut our new court,” said UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois. “This new look is reflective and inclusive of our dynamic city and we appreciate the teamwork of all involved in this process.”
Runnin’ Rebel head coach Marvin Menzies is excited about the new look of the court and believes it is another step in the right direction for the rebuilding program.
“My first reaction when I walked on the concourse and looked down on the court was ‘Wow!’” Menzies said. “I was very impressed with the design on paper, but seeing it in person took it to another level. Like in art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but what matters most to me is the message it sends to recruits, our players’ reactions and of course the majority of our fans. We live in such a unique city and now we have a unique court to match.”
The Cox Pavilion, which is connected to the Thomas & Mack Center, will undergo a similar transformation later this winter.
We will have to wait for the season to begin to truly get a gauge on the opinions of the UNLV faithful, but one thing is for certain — winning cures all