From Tree to Tipoff
From deep in a Michigan forest to University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, the floor at this weekend's Men's Final Four has completed a cross-country journey, lasting nearly five months.
In a 24,000-acre forest, foresters select 500 sugar maples. Using a tanklike machine with rollers and chainsaws, the trees are sustainably harvested and chopped into as many 8-foot pieces as possible.
HOW MUCH WOOD IS USED TO MAKE THE FLOOR?
500 TREES HARVESTED 418 PANELS OF WOOD 10 MILES OF BOARDS
Creating the Floor Panels
In a Michigan mill, trees are debarked, cut to planks and dried. To create the strongest floor, boards are staggered, like building an oversized floor at a home.
THE WORK THAT GOES INTO THE FLOOR
125 WORKER 144 DAYS 207,360 MINUTES
Layout, Painting & Staining
Planks are shipped to Idaho, sanded and measured. The floor becomes a giant paint-by-numbers picture. Every inch is stained, and, using NCAA graphics as stencils, the floor is painted.
WHAT BRINGS THE FLOOR DESIGN TO LIFE?
9,800 SQ FT OF FLOOR 14 DIFFERENT COLORS 13.25 GALLONS OF STAIN 4.5 GALLONS OF PAINT 80.5 GALLONS OF FINISH
Arriving on two 18-wheelers, the floor is assembled in Glendale using a pin-and-hole system. The floor is then altered to accommodate the sidelines and baselines. Then it's time for basketball.
For the first game on the Final Four court, South Carolina tips off against Gonzaga.
THE WORK AND THE REWARD
39.3 TONS 5 HOURS TO INSTALL 3 GAMES