On Tuesday morning, ahead of the “First Four” play-in games, the NCAA announced that the courts for this year’s March Madness tournament have received a makeover, making them unlike any court seen before in the history of the tournament.
The NCAA’s aim was to improve the viewer experience, thus, they’ve added a ton of informative details to the 2016 hardwood so you don’t have to peep your television guide to get information about the contest you’re watching.
The new additions include:
– Different March Madness logos for each round at half court
– “The Road to the Final Four” script on the baseline
– Varying color schemes
– Which NCAA tournament round is is
– Host city
– Arena name
– Host school logo
Here’s a sneak peek at the First Four court in Dayton, Ohio, where Florida Gulf Coast vs. Fairleigh Dickinson and Vanderbilt vs. Wichita State are set to go down tonight.
While I agree stuff like which round you’re watching is kind of unnecessary because it’s usually a given, I’m sure there’s some kids out there just learning to read who will surely benefit from it. Also, the idea of including the city and arena names is pretty awesome, if for nothing more than giving props to the tourney’s hosts.
Nice move, NCAA.
[H/T Bleacher Report]