Big Dome's old flooring set to be donated to UP Maroons' home gym
The new flooring of the Araneta Coliseum shines bright during the Ateneo-Far Eastern University game in the UAAP men's basketball tournament on Saturday. Jerome Ascano

IF plans push through, the University of the Philippines gym will have a piece of the historic Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Following the replacement of the Big Dome’s old flooring on Saturday prior to the UAAP men’s basketball game between Far Eastern University and Ateneo, a source told the Big Dome's old hardwood is likely to be donated to the Diliman-based school.

The flooring is reportedly being kept within the premises of the world-renowned playing venue first built in 1960. But an Araneta Coliseum employee disclosed the hardwood may soon be transferred to UP if the planned donation pushes through.

State U has an ageing sports facility at the College of Human Kinetics Gym. And although a new gymnasium had been constructed, the playing venue was reportedly damaged recently.

The same employee said the installation of a new flooring at the Big Dome had been overdue, especially after the old hardwood was once seen on national television kept together by white tape during one PBA game.

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