Thanks to an assist from the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, Northern Illinois University has a new playing surface at its Convocation Center.
University officials unveiled the new basketball floor and design Tuesday (see time-lapsed video attached).
The new surface is just the second for the Huskies in the Convocation Center, replacing the original floor that made its debute with the building in 2002. The new surface was originally used during the 2014 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. NIU's old floor was traded in to Connor Sports Flooring.
"I love that we're getting a new floor and I think that will generate excitement for the upcoming season," said NIU women's basketball coach Kathi Bennett.
"Anytime you have something new in your program it is exciting," said NIU men's basketball head coach Mark Montgomery. "I am excited to get the new season started."