NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A renovation project nearly two months in the making is finally complete. Stephen F. Austin State University unveiled its new basketball court Sunday.
Boasting a seating capacity of around 7,200 and a price tag of nearly $400,000, this is SFA's new and improved basketball court.
In addition to the standard goals and stadium seating, there's something that makes this court unique - its namesake.
The Tommie Jan and Elvin Lowery Court is named after the university's first graduate to play in the NBA and his wife.
"I didn't think I'd ever live long enough to see that happen, it's a pretty good feeling," Tommy Jan said. "I had some really good years here."
The renovations serve as the court's first major overhaul in 30 years, making today's unveiling that much more significant.
"I just did not want to just roll out the balls and have a practice without acknowledging the people that make these opportunities possible for us," said Robert Hill, SFA's director of athletics.
Both the women's and men's basketball teams were on hand to cheer Lowery on as he shot the ball, making him the first to do so on the court he and his wife worked so hard to have built.
"This is a wonderful floor that we've needed for a long time and something that because of the success of our basketball program, we needed to have," Hill said. "And with the generosity of the Lowerys, we were able to put it down and have it in time for this year."
It's that same generosity that the Lowerys have for the university.
"They helped me, they put me on the map, and I feel like I owe it to them to help them back," Tommy Jan said.
With the new court in place, SFA's athletic director said the teams should have everything they need to be successful this upcoming season.