Horner Flooring and the NBA Overcome Hurricane Sandy

Horner Flooring and creative associates’ Innovative Show Design and Knight Hardwood Flooring joined in a collaborative effort to design, manufacture and install a beautiful new basketball surface that serves as the flooring for new NBA-TV studio floor. Horner  manufactured the Maple wood floor that simulates an actual NBA half-court. Half of the studio is used for the reporter’s desk and the other half of the 90’-55’ space is the basketball demonstration area.

NBA-TV, owned by Turner Television, wanted a demonstration area that was a replica of what the NBA players play on complete with a regulation NBA-Spalding goal. They desired assurances that there’d be no concerns that when current and or ex-players demonstrated nuances of the game being viewed they’d do so on a surface that was totally safe and would allow depiction of an actual re-creation of what was taking place during the game.

Justin Garrone, Project Manager and Artistic Designer for Innovative Design in Orlando, Florida was commissioned to design and light the Turner studio site. He directed a team of Chris Runnels, Nate Mitchell and Mark Dowling to conceive a spectacular set. After researching the industry his choice for flooring was Horner.  In Justin’s words, “Horner was the perfect partner…an outstanding choice.”

When it came to the installation, Horner called on their long time dealer in the Atlanta area, Knight Hardwood Flooring.  Owner Franklin Knight put a top notch crew in place, one that included an associate of his, Finishing Touches. They were able to complete the job that was projected to take two weeks in less than 7 days. Franklin felt that “the entire operation went as smoothly as it could possibly go.”  He was delighted to be a part of it.

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Horner Flooring in Canada

Check out this great article, Almost game time for Island Storm, published by the Journal Pioneer. It talks about the new hardwood athletic floor purchased from Horner Flooring. The floor will be used at Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown, Canada for the National Basketball League of Canada home opener this Saturday.

The Horner floor system was chosen partially for the “ease to install and remove it”. The floor will be put in less than 21 hours after a hockey game, in the same arena. It’s this type of versatility that makes Horner Flooring an industry leader.

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Photo courtesy of Eastlink Centre Charlottetown

When the coach of the Island Storm, Joe Salerno, saw the floor he said, “I think it will be one of the nicest floors in the league. It is an NBA-calibre floor”. Comments like these really inspire Horner Flooring to continue to offer quality athletic floors and allow us to take a special pride in our work.

Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor – Installation

When considering purchasing a hardwood athletic floor, it’s important to consider who will install the new floor. You want someone who is trustworthy and reliable and is experienced with the flooring system.

The Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association (MFMA) has a list of accredited installers on their webpage. Each of these installers and flooring manufacturers are evaluated every two years. These evaluation tests ensure that the installation recommendations are being followed.

Do you want to find a Horner Dealer? We have made it extremely easy, simply type in your zip code on our website and we will give you a list of Horner Dealers near you.

Maintenance Tip: When your floor is installed, make sure to ask the manufacturer or installer the best ways to maintain your floor or for a cleaning demonstration. Many will do this free of charge.

Looking for more information on what to consider when purchasing a new hardwood athletic floor? Download Horner Flooring’s FREE eBook, 10 Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor!

Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor – Game Lines & Graphics

When purchasing a hardwood athletic floor it’s important to find one that will look good in the end. So when do you start considering game lines and graphics?

Right away. Game lines and graphics are an essential part of choosing and making a new hardwood athletic floor. First, the game lines will determine the future uses of the floor. Second, considering the game lines and graphics together on the floor can help you visualize your investment and make sure you get the most out of it.

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The center court logo for a floor at Rancho Solano Preparatory School.

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The center court logo for a Boys & Girls Club floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep in mind that for basketball, there are different game markings for NBA, college, and high school levels. Some other sports, such as volleyball, are the same way. Make sure you get the correct game lines. Here are the official MFMA guidelines on game markings!

The best time to apply the game lines is during the installation of the floor. It’s important to apply the game lines properly, rather than taping the floor. Taping a floor can pose injury to athletes if it creates a slippery area. It can also cause damage to the floor finish upon removal.

For more information on the process of game lines and graphics, check out our FREE eBook, Applying Center Court Logos and Floor Lines.