New Dallas Mavericks’ Locker Room Unlike Anything In Sports
Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks debuted their new locker room and training facility on Saturday and it didn’t disappoint.
“Alexa, play the theme song to Shark Tank,” Mark Cuban said as he gave a tour of the newly renovated training facility and locker room.
On September 30th, the Dallas Mavericks hosted the media at American Airlines Center to debut their new locker room and training facility that had been under construction for the past three months.
Cuban opened up the event by addressing the media in front of a new, sleek-looking wall that displayed the Mav’s Championship trophy in a glass case behind him. He spent time at the podium talking about how much science played into the construction, their relief efforts in Puerto Rico and how the majority (about 98% per Cuban) of the work on the reconstruction came from local companies.
After the press conference, Cuban then walked around the facility and gave a tour of all the new details and toys.
The facility is armed with Amazon’s ‘Alexa’ sound system where players can request music audibly at any point in the facility.
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Another detail that Cuban specifically mentioned was the incorporation of scents within the facility and locker room. In the newly designed ventilation system, where they worked with Gensler’s casino designers, they will display different scents in different parts of the day to help player recovery and fatigue.
As you walk into the training room, there is facial recognition at the entrance with a monitor that displays the identified player along with game notes and messages regarding that player. Cuban specifically mentioned the numerous times Carlisle has walked into the locker room asking where Dirk is. Now, Carlisle can simply check the monitor and it tells him if Nowitzki is in the locker room or not.
Every piece of training equipment had the Mavericks logo on it from each of the dumbbells to each exercise machine. Yes, Cuban’s iconic StairMaster is still present for when he addresses the media before each home game.
Cuban then proceeded around the facility showing off newly renovated showers, tubs and other small details before making his way into the locker room.
Or better yet, the new ride at Disney World.
The locker room gets a complete overhaul as each detail was strategically thought out. From specially designed lighting to a “state-of-the-art dehumidification system”, the locker room is truly something that is nowhere to be found across the league.
Each locker is armed with a personal safe, refrigerated cup holder, and a flat screen TV. In the bottom of each locker is a ventilated drawer where players can store up to eight pairs of shoes to be aired out.
One smaller detail, which is my personal favorite, is the custom hanger that displays the skyline of Dallas.
Cuban ended the event by having food catered in for all of the guests. Each vender that contributed to the new facility was also present to take any questions on their technology and designs.
Also, if you know Morse Code, you could read something in the facility as the neon lights on the trophy case wall spell out “Dallas Mavericks”.
There was legitimate hype around the new locker room in Dallas and Mark Cuban didn’t disappoint.
“Not in any sport, anywhere. Not that I am aware of,” Cuban said when talking about how this locker room is different from an other team in professional sports.
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The Mavericks will break in that new locker room on Monday night when they host the Milwaukee Bucks for their first preseason game of the season.