Trail Blazers fans invited to design new Moda Center court

Trail Blazers fans invited to design new Moda Center court
This image from trailblazers.com shows how fans can redesign the Moda Center court.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Blazers fans, you're the 6th man, and the Moda Center is your house. So it makes sense you should have some say when it's time to remodel.

The Portland Trail Blazers will unveil a new court design for the start of next season, and they've invited Trail Blazers fans to "create the court".

"This will be one of the most visible changes we've made to our arena in over a decade, so it's important that we involve our fans in the decision-making process," said Trail Blazers and Moda Center President and CEO Chris McGowan.

A lot goes in to the design of an NBA basketball court. There are color schemes, wordmarks, patterns and tones. And through the Trail Blazers' website, fans will be able to tweak all those elements, to design a floor that's one of a kind.

There are 184,320 possible combinations that all fit within the NBA's guidelines.

The winning designer will get a once-in-a-lifetime game experience. They'll win a pair of courtside seats for next season's home opener, autographed team merchandise, and a customized souvenir from the floor. They'll also be featured on the Moda Center big screen.

"Conducting the contest on trailblazers.com and enlisting the help of Rip City is going to be a lot of fun and I am excited to start seeing the submissions," said McGowan.

Fans have until March 16 to submit designs. The team will announce three finalists a week later, and fans will be able to vote for their favorite through the end of the month.

This will be the first entirely-new court in Rip City since the 2002-2003 season, when players like Scottie Pippen, Rasheed Wallace and Damon Stoudamire were on the team.

The Trail Blazers say they're the first known professional sports team to allow fans to design their home playing surface using a digital platform. The team collaborated with Sanborn Media Factory to build the design webpage. You can find it at trailblazers.com/CreatetheCourt.