Connor Sport Court International, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance sports flooring and UPS (NYSE: UPS), an official NCAA corporate partner, today announced that The University of Southern Mississippi will be part of a seven-city tour of the hardwood basketball court that will serve as the centerpiece of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Final Four®.
The Connor Sport Court Final Four Floor Tour transported by UPS will bring the hardwood court to Pride Field at Southern Miss from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21.
To see the court assembled in quick time, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGqymbK3p5g
A documentary team from CBS Television is filming the tour, from construction of the court in Amasa, Mich., to Final Four play in New Orleans.
There will be free fun for everyone:
· The first 100 individuals showing up will receive an official NCAA 3”x6” piece of the floor emblazoned with the Final Four logo
The Final Four will take place March 31 and April 2 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The championship court, which will be transported by UPS Freight, began its road trip, March 16, at UPS’s hub in Columbus, Ohio. From there it traveled on March 17 to Louisville, Ky., one of the host sites for the second and third rounds of the men’s tournament.
Today, the court makes a stop at the UPS Freight facility in Atlanta followed by Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., on March 20; it will be at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg on March 21, and LSU in Baton Rouge on March 22, before arriving at its final destination in New Orleans on March 23.
The court, A QuickLock™ portable system, was crafted by Connor especially for the 2012 Men’s Final Four. It was constructed of northern hardwood maple in strict accordance with NCAA specifications. Connor Sport Court is a member of the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association (MFMA) and adheres to the stringent grading and quality standards of that organization.
Connor Sport Court also is supplying the court for the 2012 NCAA Women’s Final Four, which will take place April 1 and 3 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The hardwood maple for the NCAA Final Four courts is sourced by Connor as rough lumber from about 60 different sawmills, most of which are located in Michigan and Wisconsin.