July 1, 2009

Ferris' Wink Arena To Feature "New Look"

Ferris State University recently completed its latest athletics renovation project as two Bulldog facilities now feature a new floor look following work this spring.

As part of the project, the gymnasium floors in both Wink Arena and the Ewigleben Sports Arena were completely sanded down, refurbished and painted during the month of April. The work included a facelift to both facilities with each floor now featuring a new design and color corresponding with the university's graphic standard identity.

The new look in Wink Arena, which has been home to both the Bulldog men's and women's basketball programs since the 1999-00 season, now includes an extra large "Bulldog" head in the center of the floor replacing the former basketball design found in the center circle. Additional wording includes both the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) logo and the "Wink Arena" designation in two seperate places. The floor is outlined in Ferris' official crimson color with gold wording rather than the maroon-colored appearance that previously lined the court.

In addition, the lane found under both hoops now features a light open-colored appearance replacing the maroon background that existed in the past. The women's three-point line maintains its black appearance with the men's line showing up in crimson. The Ferris State University signature line remains on both baselines in gold over crimson.

Ewigleben Sports Arena, which is the home of the Bulldog volleyball program, also saw its color scheme change to match the university-designated appearance. While the previous look featured no logos, the new appearance includes a "half-Bulldog" head in one corner of the court along with the GLIAC logo in the opposite corner. Wording includes "Bulldogs" at both ends of the court along with "Ferris State University" in opposite corners facing the seating area. The floor is outlined in crimson with the wording also in gold and volleyball court markings in black.

Both floors currently remain closed while the paint dries with Wink Arena slated to reopen in time for FSU spring graduation ceremonies in early May. The work was scheduled for the spring after basketball season ended so both facilities could be available throughout the summer months.

The new Jim Wink Arena in the FSU Sports and Convocation Complex became the home of the Ferris State University basketball programs in the 1999-00 campaign and replaced Old Wink Arena. The arena is named after legendary men's basketball coach Jim Wink, who passed away Aug. 26, 1987, after winning a team-record 326 games at the helm.

Ewigleben Sports Arena has been the home of the Bulldog volleyball program since 1981. The arena, located on the southwest end of campus, is named after former FSU President Dr. Robert L. Ewigleben. The 12th president in the University's history, Ewigleben served in the position from 1971-83. The current wood-surface floor was originally installed in 2001.

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