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Milwaukee/MECCA (U.S. Cellular Arena) Floor Concept

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This concept was inspired by the rumors that ownership of the U.S. Cellular Arena (nee, The MECCA)

will be transferred from the Wisconsin Center District to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee athletic department (one state instuitution to another). It's basically the famous Robert Indiana-designed floor (which was still in place when the Panthers first called the MECCA home) in the Panthers colors. I figured that while a "blackwood" court would certianly be bold, it's also quite tame compared to some of the stuff we've seen over the past couple years (Oregon, FIU, etc.).

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(Please ignore the crappy markings on the template... I didn't notice it until after I'd started)

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Love the throwback to the old MECCA, and you've also peaked my interest in grayscale flooring. If I remember correctly you completely loathe the UW-M identity, aside from the standing/sweatshirted panther (which I agree, is absolutely beautiful). I'd love to see what this court might look like with their actual logos, though I prefer yours.

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I would have to see how a gray-ish court looks in real life to know if I would like it or not, but as a concept, it is an interesting idea. I'd say it is better than the old multi-colored MECCA floor, which is a classic in its own ugly way. Gray could work given UWM's color scheme and the yellow lines really pop out, which is why this could work.

Like mccrosby said, I would also like to see their real Panther-oval logo at center court. I personally find that logo to be totally fine, not perfect, but it is definitely better than lots of other mid-major college logos.

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I may do one with the oval Panther later, but for now I swapped out my logo for the official monogram the school's been using. I also swapped out the Horizon League logo for the Missouri Valley's per the request of someone at another forum.

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College basketball as experimental theater, almost.

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I don't know if it's for me!

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Well, Peck (UWM's performing arts school) is pretty well renowned, so ... there's that. :P

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