Oregon Basketball Court Under Much Scrutiny, Mixed Reactions on Fir Design

The basketball floor of Matthew Knight Arena at the University of Oregon. The UO men's basketball team plays its first game in the arena on Thursday, Jan. 13 against USC. This photo made Dec. 16, 2010. (AP PHOTO/Kevin Clark/The Register-Guard)

Oregon Basketball Court Under Much Scrutiny, Mixed Reactions on Fir Design
The basketball floor of Matthew Knight Arena at the University of Oregon. (AP PHOTO/Kevin Clark/The Register-Guard)

The premiere of the Oregon Duck's new $227 million indoor, er, outdoor basketball court at Matthew Knight Arena was met with much scrutiny as the team captured its first victory on the distinguishable hardwood Thursday night.

The court, tagged "Deep in the Woods," had onlookers confused, bewildered and at times distracted from the Ducks 68-62 win over the USC Trojans.

Some have suggested that it may take some time for players to get used to the intricately designed fir trees that outline the court, a nod to the school's famed "Tall Firs" team, which defeated Ohio State 46-33 to win the first NCAA basketball championship in 1939.

But the dense landscape did nothing to shake the Ducks on the historic McArthur Court.

First-year head coach Dana Altman said the team had its first practices on distinctive court this week.

"The floor is something I think they like, and I don't think they'll have problems with it at all," Altman told The Associated Press.

However, mixed reactions ran ramped on Twitter, local papers and news stations either praising Oregon and its benefactor, Nike co-founder Phil Knight, for the forest floor or claiming that the bold move was nothing more than an eye sore.

"Oregon basketball court appears to have been conceived by drug-addled Bob Ross acolyte while listening to Hemispheres," one tweet read according to The Atlantic.

Lush foliage may be a signature of the Oregon scenery, but it doesn't seem to be wanted indoors.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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