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."
The opportunity 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.
Given just 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.