I consider myself to be pretty in-tune with all of the sports happenings at Virginia Tech.
Before moving to HERO as a full-time ACC content creator — I covered Hokies’ football for the Virginian Pilot, and usually get tipped if something new or exciting is happening in Blacksburg.
I didn’t see this one coming — so clearly I’m not as in touch with the Hokies’ happenings as I’d like to be.
Over the last few months, the Virginia Tech athletic department has been secretly applying a makeover to the basketball court inside of the historic Cassell Coliseum, and the result as been nothing short of amazing.
Virginia Tech basketball court new look #Hokies #VirginiaTech ???????? pic.twitter.com/4iByIEnCNM
— Alyssa Rae (@AlyssaRaeTV) August 3, 2017
As I’ve mentioned before — Buzz Williams has helped make Virginia Tech relevant –for the first time in a long time, on the college basketball stage. The new attention and success undoubtedly helped generate new revenue and there’s a hype surrounding Hokies’ hoops that I’m not sure anyone could have predicted — at least this quickly.
While national championships still feel a bit lofty, Williams and the Hokies will enter the 2018 college basketball season with very attainable NCAA tournament expectations. Recruiting is up. Fan interest is up — and the athletic department rewarded everyone involved with a well-thought, visually appealing court design.
As of now, there hasn’t been an official statement from the university and most of these pictures have come from “leaks” aka students and local media members who decided to sneak in and snap a few shots of the upgrade. Here’s what we know so far:
Obviously the biggest and most noticeable change comes to the look of the court — which features artwork meant to replicate a few of the iconic stone buildings on Virginia Tech’s campus. There is also a border around the outside of the court which mimics “Hokie Stone,” the distinct pattern of stonework that’s engrained in most of the buildings on campus. There have also been additional seats added to Cassell Coliseum — though it’s unsure of how many at this point.
Back in February, Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said there would be a seating added and hinted at constant upgrades to the arena — but there were no hints to a new court design.
Things are looking up for Virginia Tech basketball — and with Justin Fuente revamping the football program — it’s clear the Hokies’ are dedicated to making Blacksburg a staple in college athletics.