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.
Photography by Ross Dettman
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 Workers
- 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
- 14Different colors
- 13.25 gallons of stain
- 4.5Gallons of Paint
- 80.5Gallons 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.
Miles The Floor Travels
For the first game on the Final Four court, South Carolina tips off against Gonzaga.
The work and the reward
- 39.3 Tons
- 5Hours to Install
Additional video footage by Nick Jensen for Connor Sports