Vancouver Grizzlies practice floor for sale on Craigslist, 11 years after team left town
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For sale: One NBA practice court, used by the Vancouver Grizzlies before the franchise moved to Memphis after the 2000-01 season.
Asking price: $13,000.
Must have: A darn big space to put it.
The practice court where the departed Vancouver Grizzlies worked out during their ill-fated time in Vancouver has been put up for sale on Craigslist.
For $13,000, or much less, according to the owner, someone just needs to come and haul it away. It’s a big haul, mind you, with the NBA regulation-size court 94 feet long by 50 feet wide.
Since the company Extreme Air Park, which now owns the space, placed the ad last Friday, owner Michael Marti has received nearly 60 calls, some of them from Memphis.
Coincidentally, the Memphis Grizzlies just had a new $200,000 court installed at FedExForum in September, replacing one that was 10 years old.
Eric Granger, vice-president of arena operations for the Grizzlies, said the average lifespan of an NBA court is 10 years. The court it replaced was set to find new life at a high school or college gymnasium.
The Vancouver Grizzlies’ practice court is 12 years old but in great condition, Marti said Monday.
The court was part of Gold’s Gym in the Vancouver suburb of Richmond. The facility has since been sold and is now being redeveloped as a 42,000-square-foot area of interlocking trampolines.
“It’s in terrific shape. If it was beat up and not worth anything, it would have been a no-brainer for us to throw it away,” Marti said in an interview with the Star between fielding phone calls from interested purchasers.
“We’re trying to look for something that makes sense rather than ripping out this beautiful floor and putting it in the dumpster. It’s the last of the Grizzlies here in Vancouver.”
Some callers have suggested the floor should be placed in the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame while others suggest that it should be used in a school.
From Memphis, one business that manufactures basketball courts asked how easy it was to remove the floor for transport.
Marti said it will take some painstaking work to remove the floor and it will likely have to be cut into sections. The $13,000 price tag he listed on the Craigslist ad was an arbitrary figure. When it comes down to it, Marti said he’ll take a couple of thousands of dollars for the court and hopes someone just hauls it away.
“At the end of the day, for us, we’re a business and it’s not worth anything. But we hope this is of interest to a fan or an organization that might find a way to put it in their facility,” he said.
“It really is in unbelievable condition and great for someone who’s always wanted to own a basketball court with a bit of history to it.”