New dish installed in the Marriott Center
PROVO, Utah – The BYU basketball team was back at the Marriott Center for summer training on Friday.
It was the first time the team had been to the Marriott Center in months. The reason for the long delay was the establishment of a new court.
In addition to the Marriott Center floor, the court in the Marriott Center Annex was also renovated.
Utah Jazz Governor Ryan Smith recently got a morning basketball run at the Marriott Center on the new floor. And you thought you were cool with your keys to your stake center. How about access to the Marriott Center?
While the Marriott Center and Annex got new courts, Mark Pope’s program worked out at the old Provo High gym, now owned and part of the campus of Brigham Young University.
The new court in the Marriott Center has a similar design to the previous one, but with slight changes.
New BYU basketball court in the Marriott Center
It’s a lighter wood tone and the baseline has the updated Brigham Young font. In addition, the shade of blue is a bit lighter and closer to royal blue than the previous court design.
Here you can see last year’s court and the new design side by side. Some subtle upgrades. pic.twitter.com/gCNqpnWbHx
– Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) August 7, 2021
This is the eighth different space design in the Marriott Center since the building opened in 1971. In addition, this season marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the historic venue.
Another change from last year’s design is a three-point line. The women’s college basketball moved 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches back the same distance as the men’s.
Two years ago, the BYU Store added murals to the ceiling showing the history of the old BYU basketball courts in the Marriott Center. Now they have one more to add to the story.
Mitch Harper is BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and moderator of the Cougar Track Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.