Tartan floor?

Henderson County’s game Saturday at Bourbon County was played on a tartan floor. That reminded me that those floors were quite common in Western Kentucky, especially in the First Region. I suspect that was because Murray State had a tartan floor until the mid-80s in Racer Arena, its former home.

I know that Murray High, Mayfield and Fulton City had tartan floors and it seems that Carlisle County did too. I know that Mayfield’s was replaced several years ago with wood. The others may have beenĀ as well.

Anybody else have memories or information on other schools around that have or had tartan basketball courts.

3 thoughts on “Tartan floor?

  1. I’m a 1970 graduate of Sikeston Senior High School, in Sikeston, MO. A new field house was constructed there in 1969 and the gym floor was made with tartan. I remember how quiet the basket ball was when dribbled, as well as the softness of the floor. We absolutely loved it! I’m unsure if the flooring has been replaced but the building is still there.

    I don’t understand why the material wasn’t more popular. Until I read the above post, I has not heard of any other facility utilizing tartan. What a shame, we loved competing on that floor.

  2. I graduated from Indiana State University in 1979 with Larry Bird and the Hulman Center in Terre Haute had a tartan floor. Purdue Calumet in Hammond also had a tartan floor and I played on it. From my memory it seemed that the grip on the floor was more than a wood court. Does anyone else think that the grip on the shoe to the floor was increased? If so, it probably would have contributed to more injuries to the joints of the athletes. Does anyone know what contributed to the demise of this surface? Thanks!

  3. I stumbled onto this page while Googling tartan to make sure I had it spelled right.
    My high school in Nebraska still has a tartan floor, and has had one since the building was built in 1969. It used to be more common, but right now I can’t think of another high school in Nebraska that has one. Midland Unviveristy in nearby Fremont had one until they built a new arena about six years ago.
    The floor at my high school needs to replaced, and they are leaning toward a new tartan surface. It provides great flexibility. Our track teams pole vault and hurdle in there when they can’t get outside. You can set up chairs for plays/graduation/concerts without having to first lay a tarp down. We just passed a bond issue to build a new gym and it will have a wood floor, but we’ll probably keep the old/current gym tartan.
    As far as the differences from a wood floor, I think it’s all mental. Some opponents would come in and claim they could jump higher because they got more spring from the tartan floor. Others would come in and claim the softer floor deadened their spring and hurt their vertical leap. I don’t think there is any performance difference between tartan and wood. It’s just a mental affect compared to the wood others are used to.

    Fun topic!

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