March 29, 2019 05:33 PM
We are only about a week away from Minneapolis hosting the biggest celebration in college basketball- the Men's NCAA Final Four.
On Friday the centerpiece of the tournament, the basketball court, was installed at U.S. Bank Stadium.
It only took workers about three hours to put the custom floor together. It's a custom built Quicklock portable court made of 399 northern hard maple timber panels. And it's certified sustainable.
The hand-painted court is made by Connor Sports. The Michigan Company makes all the portable basketball courts for the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
"This is a super big honor," said Brian Klein from Connor Sports. "But it's also something that we take great pride in being able to provide such an important stage for the student-athletes of the NCAA to be able to come and play on and experience."
Kate Mortenson is President and CEO of the Minneapolis Final Four Local Organizing Committee. She has been waiting to see this court since 2014.
"It's pure satisfaction. It's the most beautiful Final Four court. Even some of the guys that have been laying courts for years say that this court is spectacular," she said.
After the Final Four, the NCAA Basketball Champion is always given the first chance to purchase the basketball court; and most schools usually do. They cost $80 to $100,000.
Updated: March 29, 2019 05:33 PM
Created: March 29, 2019 05:08 PM
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