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Mott Athletics Center Ready for Enhanced Upgrades in 2014

New Mott Athletics Center competition floor, completed Aug. 18.
New Mott Athletics Center competition floor, completed Aug. 18.


SAN LUIS OBISPO – Mustang fans headed to the Mott Athletics Center this fall will receive an upgraded game-night experience as the Cal Poly Athletics Department recently announced an interactive rebranding initiative that will introduce a new competition floor (right), video board and scoreboard, LED courtside signage tables and improved courtside seating to the complex for the 2014-15 sports season.

Other aesthetic amenities set to debut this fall will include exterior window rebranding with Mott Athletics Center- and Mustang-specific logos and interior draping along the baseline walls.

“I’m so proud of these facility improvements because, in keeping with our focus on student-athlete success, these privately-funded enhancements will improve not only the player experience, but the experience of all Cal Poly students,” Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman said. “These upgrades will provide our coaches with better opportunities to recruit top-notch student-athletes and create a better atmosphere for Mustang fans. I’d like to thank everyone in our community who helped make these changes possible.”

At a privately fundraised cost of $750,000, the renovations to Mott Athletics Center began in mid-July with the first project – a rebranded floor for the men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and wrestling programs – completed on Monday. The court, which was sanded, refinished and repainted during a three-week period, features Cal Poly’s Mustang logo running the vertical length of the floor with the interlocking “CP” logo inset at mid-court. Official “Cal Poly Mustangs” and “Big West Conference” signage are on both the corners of the court and sideline.

Above the court, the new scoreboards at both ends of Mott Athletics Center will include 22-foot by 17-foot video boards for in-game highlights, promotions and advertising.

Flanking both sides of the court will be four LED courtside signage tables that will allow for extended promotional and advertising opportunities. Three of the tables will occupy the sideline space between the team benches while the fourth will be on the opposite side of the court.

Cal Poly, which introduced courtside seating inside the Mott Athletics Center two years ago, will enhance the existing seats for the 2014-15 season along the sidelines and baselines.

“I’m so thankful and excited about the community support we’ve received in our quest to continually improve our athletics facilities at Cal Poly,” said sixth-year men’s basketball head coach Joe Callero, who guided Cal Poly to the program’s first NCAA Division I Tournament appearance and an NCAA Tournament victory. “Our student-athletes, fans and recruits will have a much better experience in the improved Mott Athletics Center. The video boards will allow everyone the chance to relive highlights of each game while the new court and walls will improve the overall appeal of our venue.”

With the floor finished, the remaining projects inside the Mott Athletics Center are scheduled to be completed by mid-October.

“It’s been a challenge in the past for our opponents to compete inside Mott because of our great fan atmosphere and awesome band,” said 18th-year women’s basketball head coach Faith Mimnaugh, whose Mustangs narrowly missed a fourth successive Big West Conference title in 2014. “Now, we’ve added even more excitement to the fan experience and we hope it will lead to an even greater competitive environment. Cal Poly has long been known for its academic reputation and we’re matching that excellence in the athletic realm through the dreams and visions of our generous donors. Every aspiring student-athlete and recruit dreams of playing at the Division I level and it pleases me beyond words to have a facility where the athletes and community can join together and create championship memories.”

The Cal Poly Athletics Department will formally recognize all 27 donors to the Mott Athletics Center revitalization project during the first men’s basketball home game in late November.

“The changes made to Mott Athletics Center will no doubt have a positive impact on our already strong fan base and provide our fans with a greater experience at all of our home matches,” said third-year volleyball head coach Sam Crosson, whose 2013 squad produced an eight-win turnaround from the previous season. “These improvements will have a significant impact on future recruits by providing our student-athletes with an exciting arena and atmosphere to compete and practice in. It will only add to what is already an outstanding college experience as both a student and athlete at Cal Poly.”

“All of our wrestlers and coaches can’t wait to compete in the greatly improved Mott Athletics Center,” fourth-year wrestling head coach Brendan Buckley said. “With a brand new floor, video board and attractive surroundings, it’s another reason for our guys to be excited for the 2014-15 campaign.”

In its continued effort to improve facilities at Cal Poly, the Mustang Athletics Department has privately fundraised more than $1.75 million toward revitalization projects in the last 24 months. Inside the Mott Athletics Center alone, Cal Poly has raised funds toward a renovated state-of-the-art strength and conditioning room ($175,000), new standing basketball hoops ($90,000), a refurbished volleyball locker room ($60,000) and improvements to the athletics training department ($60,000).

Other recent project completions include a $275,000 improvement of Mustang Tennis Courts that included a scoreboard addition.

Additionally, Cal Poly will debut a new football locker room this season ($275,000) as well as a video board, scoreboard and new one-meter diving board at Anderson Aquatics Center ($80,000).

Mott Athletics Center floor rendering and Mott Athletics Center logo design by Murray Brand Communications, Inc.