On Thursday morning, Alabama volleyball released a video of the new sport-specific court design being placed in Foster Auditorium via Twitter.

The previous dual-sport surface prominently featured crimson markings for women's basketball, which shared Foster Auditorium with the school's volleyball program until 2016. With a considerably smaller playing surface, the markings for Alabama's volleyball court appeared in white within the old multiuse design.

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Foster's newest upgrade now outlines the volleyball court in crimson with a regulation basketball court painted an accented white to somewhat blend in with the newer court's brighter finish. The new sideline borders now feature the logo of the Southeastern Conference and the words "Crimson Tide," both in white.

The new digs for Alabama volleyball come just over six months after the hiring of head coach Rashinda Reed, a professional player in Europe until 2008 and, most recently, a former assistant at Illinois (2017-2021).

Foster Auditorium has sat on the University of Alabama's historic campus since 1939 and has previously been used by the gymnastics and men's basketball programs as well in its near 85-year history.

Alabama's first game on the new playing surface will take place on Friday, August 26 at 12:30 p.m. CT as the program hosts the Crimson Tide Classic. The tournament is scheduled to feature matchups with McNeese, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Southern Miss across its two days of play.

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