Many fans have already taken in the improvements at Wisdom Gym on the Tarleton State campus. Many more are expected to enjoy the remodeled look once the basketball teams return for the new year and the start of Lone Star Conference play.
No longer is there a four-way scoreboard hanging over center court in the gym named for long-ago coach W.J. Wisdom. Instead, the first improvements most fans notice are the new video board and scoreboard on the west side of the gym.
The video board has full live play and replay capabilities and even displays different Tarleton graphics during contests, while the new scoreboard shares more game information than its four-way predecessor. It shows the scoring and foul count of each active player on the court.
A scoreboard has also been added to the east side so that fans, players, coaches and even officials can see the clock, score and more regardless which direction the action is headed.
Plexiglass now divides the lower and upper decks of seating inside Wisdom Gym, and the ceiling has been refinished and is black now as opposed to the previous white look. New lighting, in addition to the lighter-colored hardwood court installed two seasons ago have made for a much brighter gym.
While the improvements have helped aesthetically, there is one thing they haven't changed: Tarleton's success at home.
The No. 11 Texans and No. 19 TexAnns are a combined 14-0 inside Wisdom Gym this season. The men have won 15 straight at home dating back to last year, while the women have been victorious in seven straight home outings.
The Tarleton teams are currently enjoying their Christmas break and will return to action at Wisdom Gym after the start of the new year. The TexAnns host Texas College at 7 p.m. on Jan. 2, then entertain Texas Woman's in their LSC opener at 5 p.m. on Jan. 4. The Texans host South Dakota Mines following the women's game on Jan. 4, and open LSC action when Angelo State travels to Stephenville for a doubleheader on Jan. 8.