WVU will play on new basketball floor at Charleston Civic Center on Tuesday
The West Virginia University-Morehead State basketball matchup Tuesday will be the first game played on a newly installed floor at the Charleston Civic Center.
Civic Center officials unveiled the floor Friday after receiving and installing it on Thursday.
It was purchased from Connor Sports Floors and has previously been used for only four basketball games during the NCAA Final Four Women's Basketball Tournaments in 2010 and 2011.
The maple floor is 120 feet by 60 feet and features a design "symbolic of the relationship between the state of West Virginia and coal mining," according to a new release. It has a black perimeter and large orange outline of the state with the silhouettes of three coal miners.
Money for the purchase came from the sale of two older floors owned by the Civic Center and by sponsorship funds from the Friends of Coal.
"The Friends of Coal sponsorship will span 10 years providing for appropriate maintenance and care of the floor," said Civic Center Manager John Robertson.
Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, which includes the Friends of Coal, said, "Friends of Coal is proud to join with the Charleston Civic Center, which plays such a central role in our state by hosting events such as the state high school basketball tournaments, the state cheerleading competition, WVIAC basketball tournaments as well as the annual contests with WVU versus Marshall and a host of other events."