Replica MECCA floor makes stop in Oshkosh
OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- Basketball fans in Northeast Wisconsin will get to see a replica of one of the state's most iconic floors this weekend at the Menominee Nation Arena.
The floor is a replica of the original "pop art" floor design done by Robert Indiana. Indiana's design was used in the Milwaukee Arena -- then known as the MECCA -- for the Milwaukee Bucks and Marquette University from 1977 through 1988.
The floor being installed in Oshkosh was built in honor of the Bucks' 50th anniversary season. It was used for the "Return to the MECCA" game played in October.
Officials say that the original floor saw multiple winning years for the Bucks.
"This is the floor you saw for 10 years and actually saw winning basketball here," said Greg Pierce, president of Fox Valley Pro Basketball. "The Bucks were consistent winners and conference champions and Marquette actually won the national championship for the NCAA."
The floor was installed just in time for this weekend's University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh women's game on Saturday and the Harlem Globetrotters' performance on New Year's Eve.