Texas A&M volleyball, as well as men’s and women’s basketball will scuffle their sneakers on a newly painted court inside Reed Arena this season.
The updated design, painted onto the existing wood, features a maroon outline of Texas behind the A&M logo, as well as maroon sidelines. The inside of the lane has been switched to natural wood color; a departure from the maroon paint that previously filled the area under the basket.
The new midcourt logo is the fourth iteration of the tip-off area. Previously the shape of the Lone Star State was a wooden color.
Changes were already necessary because of the new NCAA-mandated distance for the men’s basketball 3-point arc, now back almost two feet at 22 feet, 1¾ inches. Due to the small difference in cost to only change the 3-point lines and repaint the whole floor, the athletic department elected to go with the full paint overhaul, an A&M athletics spokesperson said.
The Aggie volleyball team will be the first to utilize the repainted surface, hosting an exhibition match on Aug. 24 against Baylor. Their season officially kicks off Aug. 30 in Louisville, Ky.
Men’s basketball hits the hardwood for the first time on Nov. 1 for an exhibition against Texas A&M-Kingsville. The women’s basketball team’s first home game is against Duke on Nov. 10.