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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

I’m jealous

of the Mayor of Rosemont, Illinois.

On Monday, Allstate Arena's crew put together DePaul's new court for the first time.

Made by Robbins Sports Surfaces - the same Cincinnati-based company that built the Bulls' home floor as well as 18 others in the NBA - the $100,000 floor represents one part of a massive upgrade that comes just in time for the 2005 NCAA regional finals to be held March 24 and 26.

Not only has Allstate Arena retired its original floor, which supposedly now rests on Rosemont Mayor Donald E. Stephens' property in Lake Delavan, Wis., there are new backboards, shot clocks, videoboards and "quick-strike" lighting.

The Demons' coaches and players spent Monday afternoon's practice getting their first look at the court (which includes Big East logos that will be covered up by Conference USA decals this year).

"No more dead spots," noted DePaul head coach Dave Leitao, who took a few dribbles on the floor.