In an unprecedented move away from the
athletic department's standard policies and procedures, Athletics Director Tom
Bowen asked Memphis Tigers' fans and supporters to select the design of the
Tigers' basketball court for the 2013-14 season. Four renderings were offered
as possible choices, and the online voting far exceeded expectations
"Tiger Nation has
spoken," Bowen said. "We thought that the voting process would be a great
chance for our fans to offer their opinions as stakeholders in the Tigers'
basketball program, and they responded in massive numbers. It confirms the
passion that Memphis fans have for their athletic programs at the University."
to vote on the floor design became an online success and drew national
attention. Local television stations made the voting process a lead story on
the evening news, and Tigers' fans flocked to the site to cast their votes.
10-days to make a selection, Tigers fans logged on the Memphis website and cast
2,997 of the approximately 6,000 total votes for floor design #1, the city
skyline/bridge option. Additionally, the Memphis floor will carry the new
American Athletic Conference logo, as well as an enlarged leaping Tiger mark
and social media marks.