Florida International’s court destroyed by exercise competition

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Florida International is scrambling to put in a new floor thanks to an exercise competition held on campus over the weekend that destroyed the floor used by the volleyball and basketball teams.

According to David J. Neal of the Miami Herald, the RAID Games VI were held at FIU Arena over the weekend and the event left the floor damaged to the point where a new floor is required.

Here’s a photo of the damaged floor:

Because of the damage, the arena will get a new floor for the first time since 1986 when it opened. Florida International spent $50,000 to paint the floor last season to make it look like a beach scene.

According to Neal, the new floor will take eight weeks to put down, which means that FIU’s home opener against Florida College on November 14th could be pushing it.

The men’s and women’s basketball team will also have to find a new place to practice, with the campus rec center being a possibility.

This is obviously terrible timing for Florida International, and poor planning, as well. Did they not put down mats to ensure the floor would remain in proper condition?