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This is Sparta! Details behind SJSU’s flashy new basketball court

Oct 8, 2013, 8:15 PM PST

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The San Jose State Spartans are making the most of their moniker with an awe-inspiring new basketball court design.

The new flooring makes San Jose State the latest school to join the flashy and attention-grabbing trend of creating an artistic playing surface.

The court was installed on Saturday and the whole process took three months from design approval to final installation. The floor was produced by USI Flooring in Idaho. They have done the flooring for several other schools and for the NCAA Final Four.

The Spartans in the foreground evoke images of the 300 men that fought valiantly against a much larger Persian army in the Battle of Thermopylae. It’s too bad they weren’t on the same side. Xerxes, the seven-foot-tall Persian leader, would have made a solid center.

Each of the five spartans on the floor are meant to represent the five positions in basketball. One of the most functional features of the court is the darker stained wood inside three-point range. The court will make its official debut on November 4, when the Spartans host Cal State Monterey Bay.

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