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Matthew Knight Arena
The Matthew Knight Arena is a 12,541 seat multi-purpose arena in Eugene, Oregon and the home of the University of Oregon Ducks basketball teams, replacing McArthur Court. It is located on the east side of campus at the corner of Franklin Boulevard and Villard Street, a gateway to campus as people arrive from I-5. The arena was originally intended to be ready for the start of the 2010–11 basketball season, but instead opened for the men's basketball game against the USC Trojans on January 13, 2011. It is named for chief donor Phil Knight's son, who died at the age of 34 in a scuba diving accident. The arena cost $227 million and was designed as collaboration between TVA Architects of Portland, Oregon and Ellerbe Becket of Kansas City, Missouri. Hoffman Construction Company of Portland, Oregon was the general contractor. The Ducks christened the arena to a sold-out crowd on January 13, 2011, beating the USC Trojans 68 to 62.
The arena floor is named Kilkenny Floor after former Oregon Athletic Director Pat Kilkenny. Called "Deep in the Woods", the design features repeating silhouettes of Pacific Northwest tree lines, giving the impression of being lost in the forest, gazing toward the sky. The floor was designed by Tinker Hatfield, Nike's VP of Creative Design, who intended to design an "iconic television presence possible for the University of Oregon" and honor the "Tall Firs", the nickname of the 1938–39 Oregon Ducks men's basketball team, winners of the inaugural NCAA basketball championship.[7][8]The arena also features a 32-by-36-foot (9.8 × 11 m), 65,000-pound (29,000 kg) center-hung scoreboard, the largest in college sports. It contains four 20 by 12 feet (6.1 × 3.7 m) high definition LED monitors and is connected to the ceiling by intersecting "O" logos.[9]There was some criticism from fans about the glare caused by the court's contrast. There also was criticism for the lack of a visible center court line.
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