TULSA, Okla., Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012
- The Tulsa 66ers and SpiritBank Event Center unveiled the arena’s new NBA-style floor for the upcoming 2012-13 season on Thursday afternoon.
The floor, designed and created in partnership with Connor Sports Flooring, was first revealed during a commemorative ceremony featuring Tulsa 66ers President Jim Brylewski, City of Bixby Mayor Ray Bowen, SpiritBank Event Center General Manager Patrick McGrew, SpiritBank Deputy CEO Paul Cornell and former Oklahoma State Head Coach Eddie Sutton.
The new court will accommodate the 66ers in their return to the SpiritBank Event Center this season along with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Blue and White Scrimmage on Oct. 18.
“We are really excited about the new floor,” said Tulsa 66ers President Jim Brylewski. “Connor Sports has built some of the best courts in the country’s top arenas. With their experience in creating the floors of the past seven Final Fours and fitting venues such as Chesapeake Energy Arena and Madison Square Garden we knew we were getting the best court possible for our players and fans.”
Connor Sports Flooring has created floors for multiple NBA teams, including the Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat. Connor has also been the sole provider of floors for the NCAA Basketball Tournament and Final Four since 2006.
Built with maple wood from throughout the Upper Midwest, the court was cut and prepared at Connor Sports Flooring’s wood mill in Amasa, Mich., about 150 miles north of Green Bay, Wisc. The panels were then sent to Praters Flooring in Chattanooga, Tenn., to be sanded, finished and painted.
The portable floor contains 225 individual pieces, allowing the court to be taken apart to accommodate other events at the arena. Each piece of the floor has steel “tongues” and high-impact plastic grooves that allow all of the panels to connect for a tight fit. The court is a “zipper-style” floor, meaning that the pieces of the center row are laid out first and the subsequent rows are installed on both sides.
“This is basically 225 pieces of an island all held together tightly,” said Ron Davidson, Connor’s Texas regional manager and director of portable sales. “The steel and plastic does an incredible job of making it tight.”
Built in 2008, the 4,500 seat SpiritBank Event Center is located within Regal Plaza Shopping Center at 104th and Memorial. The state-of-the-art building has hosted acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, John Legend, Willie Nelson and Miranda Lambert.
Tulsa tips off the 2012-13 season at home on Nov. 23 against the Texas Legends. For ticket information, call (918) 585-8444.
is a photo gallery of the unveiling ceremony.