FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas’ men’s and women’s basketball teams will return to the court at Bud Walton Arena early next week.
In the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, the playing court level of Bud Walton Arena experienced limited flooding during a significant rainfall event between midnight and 5 a.m. Although the exact cause of the water infiltration is still under review, early assessments suggest that utility construction excavation in the vicinity of Bud Walton Arena, coupled with heavy rains during the night, contributed to the flooding. Based on the information available at this time, it is believed that subsurface groundwater overwhelmed existing foundation drainage pipes and backed up into the arena through a duct drain at the playing court level. While this is a preliminary finding, no conclusive determination regarding the cause of the water infiltration has yet been made.
Once the water was discovered early that Friday morning, crews immediately responded to remove it and begin the wood court restoration. In addition to removing the water from the court, as a proactive measure the playing floor was sanded down and is in the process of being re-painted and refinished to fully replenish the surface. Floor restoration crews are continuing to work around the clock to minimize the down time of the playing court. At this time, it is anticipated that the court will be available for use on Monday of next week. In the interim, the men’s and women’s basketball teams will use alternate locations for individual and group workouts.