Icardo Center CSUB

Cal State Bakersfield will be getting a new game court in the Icardo Center thanks to a donation from the Kern School Federal Credit Union. Though it'll have a new design, it'll still be blue.

A new court is coming to the Icardo Center at Cal State Bakersfield, but it will remain its eye-catching blue.

CSUB announced Thursday that the school received a donation to redo the playing court and renovate the locker rooms and team areas in the back of the building.

CSUB declined to release the amount of the donation from Kern Schools Federal Credit Union at the request of KSFCU. Michael George, the senior vice president/chief marketing, innovation, and advocacy officer for KSFCU also declined to disclose the amount.

“It’s gonna be one of the best courts in the nation as far as for our student-athletes,” CSUB Athletic Director Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried told The Californian.

The new court will be permanently built into the Icardo Center — unlike the current portable one that's pieced together on top of the existing floor — and will require infrastructure to add support underneath it, Siegfried said. The practice courts underneath the seating areas will not be changed.

No plans have been made yet for the design, Siegfried said, but it will be different. CSUB is the only Division I school in the country with a blue court. The court helps with recruiting and national attention, Siegfried said, and “keeping it blue” is what’s best for the athletes, university and fans.

The school will shut down the Icardo Center in mid-to-late May for the renovations and reopen it around July, Siegfried said. Team practices and workouts will be moved to the Student Recreation Center and the old gymnasium, Siegfried added.

CSUB’s current portable court was purchased used in 2011 for about $75,000, then-athletic director Jeff Konya told The Californian at the time. It had been used in the NCAA Tournament and at another institution beforehand. It’s lifespan was supposed to be about 20 to 25 years, Konya said in 2011.

The blue design that CSUB applied to the court earned the school recognition from national media outlets. But the court is old and CSUB has had problems with athletes slipping, Siegfried said.

“While it’s been good for us, the surface is not what we need for our student-athletes or even opposing teams,” Siegfried said.

The donation from KSFCU was made specifically for the court renovation, George said, because it enhances the student-athlete experience and increases KSFCU’s exposure in the community with a logo that will be on the court.

Jon Mettus can be reached at 661-395-7389. Follow him on Twitter at @jmettus.

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