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No NCAA tournament floor for Cross Insurance Center, new one instead

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
The Cross Insurance Center gets constructed in July 2012 in Bangor.
By Dave Barber, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The “new” basketball floor for the Cross Insurance Center was expected to be one with some NCAA Division I tournament history behind it, but that will not be the case now, according to Bass Park director Mike Dyer.

The floors for the NCAA tournament sites are constructed by Connor Sports Flooring in Oak Grove Village, Ill., said Dyer. Connor takes the floors back, resurfaces them and resells them.

“We had one on reserve,” said Dyer, but Connor worked out a deal that will have that floor go to another customer instead.

“It was someone that was in immediate need of a floor,” said Dyer.

The replacement arena for the Bangor Auditorium will have a fresh-out-of-the-box floor instead, said Dyer. It will be built by Connor for Global Spectrum for use in the Cross Insurance Center, which is scheduled to be finished in September 2013.

Global Spectrum has been hired by the city to run the new arena, and Global Spectrum announced in October that Dyer has been hired as the general manager of the facility.

Dyer was not at all upset about the sudden turn of events, which popped up a couple weeks ago.

“We’ll always take new over slightly, even if lovingly, used,” he said.

And the price is right, added Dyer. The deal that was worked out by Global Spectrum special projects manager Dan Rubino gives Bangor the new floor at the same price as the refurbished floor.

“What it boils down to is the discount is what made the difference,” said Dyer. “It’s somewhere around $85,000, about 15 percent off the regular price.”

Global Spectrum was able to make the deal because it can’t take delivery of the floor for several months anyway.

“I don’t anticipate it will be until late February or early March [when the floor arrives],” said Dyer. “Not until we’re sure we have the storage capacity.”

The floor will accommodate a court of NCAA/pro-size, said Dyer, “with high school and NCAA markings on it.”

The college/pro-court is 94 feet long by 50 feet wide, while a full-size high school court is 84-by-50 feet.

While it will mainly handle high school play and potentially some college games, the court also will include small marks to tape down a pro 3-point line, said Dyer.

“The Red Claws have expressed an interest in playing an exhibition game [at the Bangor Auditorium] in the past,” said Dyer of Maine’s Boston Celtics-affiliated entry in the NBA Development League.

The Red Claws, based in Portland, were willing to bring up their own court and baskets to set up because they require special basket supports, said Dyer. The problem was that the Red Claws’ setup wouldn’t fit inside the auditorium because of the immovable steel crossbeams at the ends of the arena.

“There’s 114 feet between the beams and it was impossible to center the baskets and the court,” said Dyer.

“That won’t be an issue with the new floor,” he said.

Dyer believes that Cianbro CEO Peter Vigue, whose company is building the new arena, plans to donate the current floor to a “Y” facility.

It will remain in use through the 2013 high school basketball tournament before being taken up for the final time.

The first parquet floor, which reputedly was donated by the Boston Celtics before the current auditorium’s opening in 1955, still has a presence in Bangor.

It was cut up into pieces of various sizes for sale to the public.

“We still have about 150 pieces of the original floor left,” said Dyer.

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