Organizers for RAID Games VI rented FIU Arena this weekend. FIU Arena's often rented out to make a little extra scratch for a department light on fund-raising and ticket sales.
The event left significant dents in the floor, probably from the weights used in crossfit competitions. The Athletic Department issued a statement just after 5 p.m. Monday:
"As a result of an outside event held at FIU Arena this past weekend, the court was damaged. The event was fully insured. We anticipate repairs being complete over the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately, the September 17th volleyball match between FIU and Florida Atlantic will be affected and will be played at the FIU Rec Center."
Last year, FIU spent $50,000 to paint beach scenes that created one of the most unique floors in college sports.
I hear there won't be repairs as much as a portable floor will be laid over this floor -- which was laid over cement -- and used for volleyball and basketball seasons.
I had been hearing eight weeks for a new floor, which makes current replacement impractical. That would've put the volleyball team on the road even for its remaining home matches, unless they went with the Rec Center. Eight weeks from now also leaves only four days wiggle room before the Nov. 14 men's basketball season opener against Florida College.
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