Chattanooga Mocs Get New Basketball Floor From Prater’s

( The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s long-standing partnership with Prater’s Flooring resulted in another outstanding edition of the Mocs home court this week. Prater’s delivered a completely new playing surface in McKenzie Arena, that includes a new paint design.

“In typical Prater fashion, a terrific job,” said UTC women’s basketball head coach Jim Foster. “The court looks great.

“I personally have been doing business with them for 20-plus years because when I was interim athletics director at Vanderbilt we were one of the first court designs they did as they were getting into this business. They’re always on the edge of what’s new and what’s good. The court looks terrific and we can’t wait to play on it.”

Fans will immediately notice the three-color Power C at center-court. Stained in white behind the primary logo is another contrasting C. “Chattanooga” pops off the endlines on top of a solid navy blue border.

“Working with UTC is always a blast,” stated John Prater, founder and president of Praters Flooring. “They’re a perfect partner for us because they love creating new and exciting things for Chattanooga just as much as we do. It’s a pleasure to work with them and we really enjoy the opportunity to be part of the Mocs community. We’re proud of the new court.”

One additional adjustment made to the original design are the’s in the corners. There is now a smaller white version of the official athletics website, on top of a larger gold.

“We’re very appreciative, as a program, for the great relationship we have with Praters Flooring,” stated first-year men’s basketball head coach Lamont Paris. “Praters is the leader in flooring. It’s that simple.

“I was fortunate to get to stand on their Final Four floors in 2014 and 2015. Knowing our court is in that same class is exciting.”

Both men’s and women’s season tickets are on sale now on The first chance to see the new floor in action is the men’s exhibition game against Francis Marion on Nov. 4.

The women open their home slate against Central Florida in Maclellan Gym on Nov. 13. Their first game on the new court in McKenzie Arena is Nov. 18 against Presbyterian.

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