Connor Sports® Tips Off March Madness® as Official Court Provider of the NCAA®
8 months ago
With Selection Sunday® now in the rear-view mirror and the excitement of March Madness set to tip-off this week, Connor Sports, the NCAA Official Court Provider, will be on the road delivering and installing portable basketball courts at arenas and stadiums across the nation over the coming weeks.
The Connor Sports’ NCAA basketball championship footprint begins with technicians taking to the road to install courts for the NCAA Men’s Championship in Dayton, OH for the First Four and at all First and Second Round sites in Buffalo; Greenville, SC; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Orlando; Sacramento, CA; Salt Lake City and Tulsa, OK.
Connor Sports will then move on to install courts at the four Mens’ Regional sites’ Kansas City, MO; New York; Memphis, TN and San Jose, CA. Connor Sports will also deliver and install Women’s Regional site courts in Bridgeport, CT; Lexington, KY; Oklahoma City and Stockton, CA.
The 2017 Men’s Final Four basketball court that has been custom-made at the Connor Sports manufacturing mill in Amasa, MI, will be delivered and installed by Connor Sports on Friday, March 24 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. The custom Women’s Final Court will be installed in American Airlines Arena by Connor Sports in Dallas on Tuesday, March 28.
“As a Champion of Customer, Connor Sports is again proud to play such a significant role in the magic of March Madness,” said Brandi Connolly, Sr. Director of Marketing, Gerflor USA. “Since 2006, Connor Sports has provided the official courts for the NCAA Men’s and Women’s basketball championship and Final Four and each year the scope of our engagement has expanded in volume and logistics. Our manufacturing and technical installation teams strive for continuous improvement and each year apply new methods and tactics to ensure that each court from Connor Sports will be the best surface for the student-athletes as they pick up the ball and start preparing for what is much more than a “Game.”
The overall Connor Sports game courts used for March Madness measure over 110,000 square feet of nearly 4,000 four feet x seven feet panels weighing 188 pounds each for a total of over 150,000 pounds. Connor Sports technical support staff and delivery vehicles will travel more than 42,000 – or 10 trips from Key West, FL. to Fairbanks, AK – with the March Madness courts.
The scope of Connor Sports’ role as NCAA Official Court Provider also includes producing and installing a variety of fun-size fan interaction courts from Connor Sport’ partner brand Sport Court® to be installed at the Men’s Final Four Fan Fest Presented by Capital One® March 31-Aprril 3 at the Phoenix Convention Center and the Women’s Final Four Tourney Town Presented by Capital One® at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Sport Court provides 35 Fan Fest courts using a total of 150,000 tiles representing more than 120,000 square feet of play area for the family-friendly basketball events.