The Kohl Center will be sporting a new name on its court come next season.
The Badgers announced at halftime of their 89-66 win over Ohio State on Thursday that their home court will bear the name of prominent booster and former player Albert “Ab” Nicholas, who passed away in August.
Starting next season, the Kohl Center court will officially be named… Ab Nicholas Court pic.twitter.com/1pMWqUWocr
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) January 13, 2017
Nicholas and his wife Nancy contributed to the University of Wisconsin for years, capped off by a $50 million scholarship donation in 2015.
Numerous Badger dignitaries were on hand Thursday for the announcement, including athletic director Barry Alvarez and former men’s basketball coach Dick Bennett, who addressed the team after the game.
Many other names in Wisconsin basketball delivered a pretaped address, before the plans for the court and a banner sporting Nicholas’ name were revealed.
Beginning in 2017-18, the Kohl Center court will be known as "Ab Nicholas Court" https://t.co/SJwjTEex2s
— Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) January 13, 2017
— Jessi Schoville (@JKSchoville) January 13, 2017
“He was almost like a surrogate grandfather to me,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said on Matt Lepay’s postgame radio show. “I don’t know if I’ve met anyone more proud to attend the University of Wisconsin. He talked about his time here as a student every time I talked to him.”
What a great tribute to Ab Nicholas at tonight's game. Thank you Nicholas family for everything #8
— Josh Gasser (@JPGasser21) January 13, 2017