OCALA--The College of Central Florida gymnasium is receiving a facelift prior to the upcoming 2017-18 athletic year.

The more than 50-year-old facility experienced its share of Florida rain showers this offseason with excess water making its way to the beautiful hardwoods. The repairs include new hardwood floors being laid for Patriot athletes and fans alike to enjoy for years to come.

"Living in Florida there is no getting around the daily occurrence of summer rain storms," said athletic director Bob Zelinski. "The original floor has been around for more than 50 years and has taken a beating (with rain leaks) for several years now. It was a logical next step for the college to repair the water damages and restore the floors to its original beauty for everyone to enjoy for another 50 plus years."

Patriot Gym was constructed in 1962 and has had the joy of hosting numerous athletic contests over the years. The floors have been home to countless championship teams, including the 2013 NJCAA men's basketball national champions. In total, 15 men's basketball Mid-Florida Conference championship teams, 13 women's basketball conference championship teams, and six volleyball MFC championship teams have embraced the CF courts through the years. 

The 2017-18 CF Patriots athletic home season will kick off Thursday, September 28 as volleyball hosts conference opponent Lake-Sumter State College at 7 p.m. Click here for a complete 2017 volleyball schedule.