The Washington State Cougars are preparing to enter a new era for their men’s basketball program as Kyle Smith takes over as head coach. Along with the new era comes a slick new court design in Beasley Coliseum.
On Tuesday, WSU unveiled the new-look Friel Court in a video posted on their social media channels.
A new chapter of is on the Palouse, it's only fitting we have a new court too!— Washington State Athletics (@WSUCougars) October 15, 2019
We are excited to share our new basketball court for this upcoming season, where the entire WSU System is represented on the hardwood!
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The old design had been around for a while, and this one takes the look in a completely different direction. Instead of relying on Crimson for the lines and accents, this one steers heavily toward white and anthracite, but still includes the crimson cougar head logo at center court.
But the most unique aspect to the new design is the outline of various Washington landmarks that runs the length of the court. The schools says they wanted to represent all of their campuses across the state in the new look, including branch campuses in Everett, Vancouver, Tri-Cities and Spokane.
“WSU is Washington’s state university and this court reflects not only the beauty of the state, but that all our campuses are connected with a love and passion for Washington State University and the state of Washington,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz.
The landmarks include Bryan Clock Tower in Pullman, Riverfront Park Pavilion and Clock Tower in Spokane, the Ed Hendler Cable Bridge in the Tri-Cities, the Seattle Skyline and the Cascade Mountains.
Prior to the last court change in 2015, Beasley featured a parquet design that was installed prior to the 2000 season.
The new-look Friel Court will make its in-game debut in just over two weeks at the women’s basketball exhibition game on October 31 against Beijing Normal University. The women’s squad will open the regular season at home against Pepperdine on November 5. The men’s basketball team will make their Friel Court debut two days later on November 7 against Seattle U. That one will be seen on the Pac-12 Network at 6 p.m.
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Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum, the home of Washington State University men's and women's basketball, is transforming to crimson and gray in honor of the Evergreen State and the WSU System throughout the state.
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