We got a special treat on Thursday afternoon, as we were the first media to get a look at the new Walter Pyramid floor design at Long Beach State, as well as a tour of all four redesigned locker rooms.

We’d had concerns about the color of the floor print when we saw the initial design, but it looks fantastic in person. The design was chosen after a ten-month review process that involved all of the affected coaches, and the color is meant to be reflective of the California beach—it was stressed that they are not changing the school’s colors.

Different beach themed designs were considered, including one that would have included beach chairs and other items. We like the simplistic look—and that it was well-thought out enough to make sure that those are California palm trees, and not Hawaiian ones. The floor design was done by Pacific Sports Flooring, who’ve done a number of premier collegiate gym floors, including USC’s.

The locker rooms are actually probably a bigger deal. They’re a huge recruiting tool, as all four basketball and volleyball teams will now have their own lounge space, and their own kitchens, as well. Check out these photos, and CLICK HERE for our video walk through.

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Sports Guy Mike Guardabascio has been writing professionally for a decade, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards and is the author of the historical book "Football in Long Beach."

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The palm trees look silly, and I prefer the LB logo over the Script "Beach", but otherwise, the floor looks good. Great job on the locker rooms! Looking forward to seeing things in person next week! GO BEACH!

-JH

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I think the locker rooms are a bigger deal than the floor--huge recruiting boost! GO BEACH!

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better get the volleyball lockers done by next week!!

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LOVE the way this looks!

-Hooligan

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