San Diego State University Thrilled with new Connor Sports Hardwood Courts
2 years ago
In early June, SDSU began renovating Aztec Court at Peterson Gym, the home of Aztecs volleyball. Completed in early August, in time for preseason volleyball practice, the renovation at Aztec Court brought several changes to benefit athletes and spectators of Aztecs volleyball, ranked 25th nationally for its 2014 recruiting class. Volleyball head coach Deitre Collins-Parker said there will be a very different look to Peterson Gym this season.
"I am particularly excited about the quality of the floor and what it will mean to the health of our student-athletes," he said.
SDSU switched the floor to multilayered hardwood maple product from Connor Sports Flooring, a nationally recognized manufacturer. Installed on top of a subfloor, the new Permaflex maple court creates a "floating" floor system. The floorboards are anchored and provided shock absorption through a vapor barrier, resilient "Rezill" pads, a steel channel-encased base and "flex sleepers" at the upper and lower contact points between the boards and concrete subfloor. Connor markets the floor as providing greater stability and uniform high-ball rebound.
A modern 25-foot fan has also been installed in the gym's ceiling, as well as new bleachers with 238 seatbacks from Hussey Seating Co. and new doors on the north and south ends. Some of the gym's retractable basketball hoops were also removed. Collins-Parker said the new bleachers and ceiling fan should make watching volleyball in the gym more comfortable.
"All in all, this is coming as a new era of Aztec volleyball begins," he added. Nick Pettit, SDSU's associate athletic director of events, facilities and equipment, said the renovation had long been planned for SDSU, as the university knew the court, bleachers and doors in 33-year-old Peterson Gym all needed to be updated.
The gym previously served as the home court for Aztecs basketball until the opening of Cox Arena, now named Viejas Arena, in 1997.
"It's a huge renovation that will make a substantial difference as far as giving our student-athletes something to be proud of," Pettit said.
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