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U.P. floor at Final Four

March 21, 2008
Daily Press
AMASA — The countdown to the NCAA’s Final Four begins today as a semi-truck and trailer carrying the championship court leaves Connor Sport Court for the first leg of its journey to the Men’s Basketball Championships in San Antonio April 5 and 7.

The court was constructed in Amasa at Connor Sport Court International’s mill. Painting of the surface will be completed in Appleton before the truck hits the road on its five-day journey. Connor

Sport Court International is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

NCAA basketball history is saluted by the presence of the Connor hardwood court as it makes its way to the Alamodome aboard a specially-marked semi-truck and trailer.

Connor Sport Court salutes teams from its plant-site home state, the Michigan State championship teams of1979 and 2000 and the 1989 University of Michigan title team.

The history of the NCAA basketball playoffs is entwined with the court on which the game is played.

Connor has been in the court building business since 1872.

The court, a QuickLock portable court system, was constructed by Connor for the NCAA Final Four. It is built from maple in strict accordance with NCAA specifications.

Connor Sport Court is a member of the Maple Flooring Manufacturing Association and adheres to the strict environmental guidelines of that organization.

Hardwood used in the courts is from a renewable resource, with the U.S. growing six times more hardwood than is harvested each year.

The route will take the truck through Wisconsin today and Saturday, Illinois Saturday and Sunday, Missouri Monday and Arkansas and Texas Wednesday. It will take a several hours to assemble the court once it arrives in San Antonio.

More athletic events are played on Connor Sport Court surfaces than on any other sports flooring in the world. Sport Court® is a registered trade mark of Connor Sport Court International and is used to identify the original and authentic modular sport surfaces developed and introduced in 1974.


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