PORT ARTHUR — Seahawks get gym floor to be proud of
It’s not the bold new paint or the shiny coats of polish that folks will notice when they see the new basketball floor at the Carl Parker Multipurpose Center at Lamar State College-Port Arthur.
It’s the sights, sounds and — yes — smell of Seahawk pride evident as workers this week complete the two-week job of sanding, repairing and painting new logos and stripes onto the hardwood floor that Port Arthur’s NJCAA powerhouse hoops program calls home.
“Once we get it done, I think we’ll have one of the finest facilities in the country,” Seahawks basketball coach Lance Madison said. “It’s something that the community of Port Arthur can be proud of.”
The new paint job includes a Seahawk head at midcourt and team logos at either end, painted over a dark blue border for the court. Markings were also painted for two side courts and for volleyball, a sport being added to the Seahawk athletic program this fall.
When the Parker Center opened in 2004, Lamar State had yet to create an athletic program. The original gym floor was built for classes and recreation activities and, as such, its markings were minimal.
“The paint was fading,” Scott Street, LSC-PA athletic director, said, “and with the tradition that has developed around Seahawk athletics, It was time to update our court.”
Quality Hardwood Floors of San Marcos was hired for the overhaul. The company has built floors for the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, as well as Texas and Texas A&M universities. The crew in Port Arthur will travel next to San Antonio to build a court for the new WNBA team there.
“Things are going really well in athletics right now,” Street said. “Basketball had a great season. Softball started off well and we’re adding volleyball. This is just another thing that shows the success of Seahawk athletics.”