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Bona SuperCourt® Athletic Floor Care Gets Green Seal Certification

Bona SuperCourt® Wood Floor Cleaner Concentrates for athletic floors are Green Seal™ certified. These products meet Green Seal Standard GS-37 based on effective performance, concentrated volume, minimized/recycled packaging, and protective limits on VOCs and human and environmental toxicity. Green Seal provides science-based environmental certification standards that are credible, transparent and essential to helping manufacturers, purchasers and consumers make responsible choices that positively impact business behavior and improve quality of life. Thousands of products and services in hundreds of categories have been certified to meet Green Seal standards. Green Seal provides public education and guidance for creating a more sustainable world. Learn more >>

Milwaukee Bucks’ Iconic MECCA-Floor Recreated with Premium Bona® Products

On October 26th, in celebration of their 50th NBA-season, the Milwaukee Bucks returned to the Milwaukee Exposition, Convention Center and Arena (MECCA), where they played from 1968 to 1988, for a game against old-time rivals, the Boston Celtics. But just returning to the intimate MECCA, with a capacity of only 11,000, wasn’t enough. To relive their glory days and elevate the nostalgia, the old MECCA-court was recreated for the special night. It’s a court deemed by many as one of the most iconic courts in NBA-history.

Back in 1977, pop artist Robert Indiana was hired to design the court at the MECCA. It was an unheard-of initiative by an NBA-team. The result was unconventional and unique – an ablaze orange floor, some green, red and blue details, and two yellow M’s covering most of the court. It became the only fully painted court in NBA-history. “At first, I thought we had to wear sunglasses because it was so bright,” former Bucks coach Don Nelson once commented.

Even though surrounded by skepticism and controversy early on, Indiana’s colorful floor design soon became synonymous with the Bucks’ most successful decades in franchise history. The floor is often referred to as “the floor that made Milwaukee famous” and came to serve as a symbol for the innovative city of Milwaukee. The Bucks played on the floor until 1988 when the team moved to the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Milwaukee Bucks flooring contractor for 28 years, ProStar Surfaces, was tasked with recreating the iconic court. A pre-built floor from Connor Sports was sanded, finished, and painted in an empty warehouse. ProStar used Bona’s premium waterborne system for the floor, including Bona SuperSport Paint® and SuperSport HD finish. An incredible 75 gallons of paint and 100 gallons of finish were used. When the job was done and the paint had dried, the floor was taken apart and transported to the MECCA, or what’s now the UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena, and put back together.

On the day before the game, Celtics superstar Kyrie Irving expressed concerns with the floor, stating that, “This is not the same NBA court I'm used to playing on.” After the game, Connor’s reliable floor, ProStar’s solid work, and Bona’s quality products had proved Irving’s concerns to be unsubstantiated. He scored a season-high of 24 points and had seven assists in Celtics’ 96-89 win.

Tips & Tricks

As the seasons change and it gets a little colder out, gyms start to see a lot more use.  More traffic on that newly finished floor can really have an impact in the performance and look of the floor. The key to manage this influx of traffic, is to properly maintain the floor. At Bona, we are committed to protecting and maintaining the look and performance of the finish for its lifetime.  As we have recently introduced our new SuperCourt cleaning system, one of the key items for this is the cleaners. Bona SuperCourt Cleaner is a professional strength, waterborne cleaner formulated for unwaxed, polyurethane finished wood floors. This environmentally responsible cleaner leaves no residue and will not dull the floor’s finish. For areas that get snow and ice, we also have our Bona SuperSport Cleaner- Winter Formula. This is cleaner is specifically designed to remove the damaging salts from athletic wood floors tracked in during the winter months.  This unique formulation quickly and safely breaks down and lifts calcium, magnesium and sodium salts, restoring the original gloss to athletic wood floors without damaging the finish. Be sure to check out our full line of Athletic Floor Care Cleaning products, to keep your floors looking fresh and ready for the big game!!