By: Marc Ransford—
Indianapolis, IN—On social media, the NCAA unveiled a design for the basketball court that will host the 2019 men’s basketball Final Four in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The design was developed by Connor O’Malia, a 2013 Ball State graduate, who is a designer at Section 127, a full-service creative and marketing agency located in downtown Indianapolis.
Section 127 is partnering with the NCAA to provide design work for the organization’s national championships.
O’Malia, who graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School and majored in visual communications in Ball State’s School of Art, spent the last 8-10 months developing the design for the court. He also worked on the men’s Final Four 2016 court design and the 2018 women’s Final Four court design.
Also, Section 127 will soon be working on the 2020 Women’s Final Four brand package.
“Sometimes I have to pinch myself,” O’Malia said. “Working at Section 127 is a dream job and being able to combine my hobby of design with my love of basketball is really special to me. This is right in my wheelhouse.”
About Ball State
Founded in 1918 and located in Muncie, Ball State is one of Indiana’s signature universities and an economic driver for the state. Ball State’s nearly 22,000 students come from all over Indiana, the nation, and the world, and its 780-acre campus is large enough to accommodate premier facilities and 19 NCAA Division I sports but small enough to ensure the friendliness, personal attention, and access that are the hallmarks of the University.