The Official Court of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's Journey to the Final Four
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The construction and instillation of the Final Four court begins a year prior to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. For the 2015 court, construction began in the summer of 2014. The court’s construction history is outlined below.
2015 Final Four Court Construction History
- Summer 2014, selection of northern maple is made by timber cruisers.
- September 2014, Forest Park School District cut the first tree for 2015 court in their school forest. Connor Sport Court purchased the lumber, along with lumber from Menomonee tribal enterprises and Timber Products Company. Timber products lumber was cut from The Big Two Hearted Nature Preserve, which is owned by an international conservancy group known as The Nature Conservancy.
- December 2014, rough-cut maple arrived at Connor Sports’ Amasa, Michigan plant.
- Maple was cut to widths of 2 and 1/4 inches.
- Tongue and groove was put in place by a “side-matcher”.
- January 2015, schools in Indianapolis along with schools in Iron County, where the Connor Sport mill is located, collect recyclable plastics, which were used to manufacture a component of the subfloor.
- The court was then made portable by assembling it into 4’ X 7’ panels.
- Patented Connor subflooring was put in place to provide the right balance of resilience and shock absorption to assure good performance and player safety.
- Portable sections were stacked under stringently controlled temperature and humidity.
- February 2015, the completed panels were stacked, banded and sent to United Services in Idaho Falls, ID where the court was sanded, sealed, painted and finished. The floor was then stacked to be transported to the Lucas Oil Stadium.
The video below provides a recap of the first tree used in NCAA court being cut at Forest Park School Forest.
Each year, the court has a long trip to the Final Four, but so do the teams that play in the NCAA Men’s Championship game. Connor Sports loves being a part of the Final Four, and wishes all of the teams luck in achieving their championship dreams!
About Connor Sports
Connor Sports is the market leader in sports flooring. We have designed more sports flooring systems than any other sports flooring manufacturer and specialize in maple hardwood courtsvinyl and poured urethane sports flooring and vulcanized rubber track surfaces and recycled rubber sports flooring.
Since 1872, Connor Sports professional engineers have lead the industry in new product design and development, setting the standard for innovative solutions in sports flooring. That leadership is shown through our clients, we have built maple hardwood courts for 14 NBA teams and countless numbers of NCAA universities and high schools.