Gersten Pavilion to Get New Playing Surface
A state-of-the-art playing surface system will be installed in Gersten Pavilion, replacing the original 27-year old floor of LMU athletics' primary facility - watch the installation live on Lions' All-Access.
March 6, 2009
Los Angeles, CA - Over the last 28 years, the floor of Loyola Marymount's Gersten Pavilion has seen the highest scoring game in college basketball (NCAA Division I), the 1984 Olympics, countless conference championship teams, some of the best athletes in basketball and volleyball and more since opening as the home venue of LMU men's and women's basketball and volleyball. It officially saw its final game on Feb. 28, 2009, as Gersten Pavilion will have a new state-of-the-art playing surface installed over the next four months.
With LMU men's and women's basketball heading to the West Coast Conference basketball championships in Las Vegas, Nev., Gersten Pavilion officially went offline on Friday, March 6 to start the lengthy process of having a brand new floor put into place. Fans can watch the entire process live on Lions' All-Access on the official website of LMU Athletics', LMULions.com.
The new floor is the latest product from Robbins Sports Services. The floor is their brand new "MVP" - or Maximum Vibration Protection - line. The floor has been installed into just five arenas across the country and Gersten Pavilion will be the first on the west coast.
"We are very excited to have the opportunity for a brand new floor in Gersten Pavilion," said LMU Athletics' Director Dr. William Husak. "We are very thankful for the support of the University in allowing us to improve our facilities with the best technology available. This is another example of the University and the administrations' commitment to athletics."
According to Robbins' website, RobbinsFloor.com, "the MVP is specifically tuned with the athlete in mind. This floor exhibits low vibration intensity across the entire spectrum of player critical, soft tissue vibration frequencies - as much as 25 times lower than existing systems... Athletes use less energy and are able to perform at peak levels for longer periods of time and athletes are less susceptible to potential injury due to fatigue."
"This new floor concept by Robbins is very impressive," said Husak. "The well-being of our student-athletes is a very big factor in having Robbins' MVP floor installed in Gersten. We are excited to be one of the first to have this floor design."
The existing floor will be torn out beginning on March 6. Once the floor is removed, a new wiring system for all the courtside needs will be put into place in order for the fitting of the new floor, which will be first grade maple on the center court and second grade maple on the side courts.
The new wiring installation will be completed around March 19 and the new floor will be brought in and put into place. Nearly a month will be required for the floor to "breath" before being surfaced and painted. The surface products and court design will begin following graduation on May 12. The arena is scheduled to be back online on June 21.
The center court will be saved and cut into pieces for auctions, give-aways and for sale. If anyone is interested in having a piece of the floor, please email LionsFund at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include name, email address, mailing address and phone number in the email.
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