The NCAA basketball tournament is one of the largest sporting events every year. There are office pools, parties, traveling to games and many other fan activities that go on from mid-March to mid-April. Even with all the cheering, triumphs, upsets, and defeats that will go on over the next month I can’t help but focus on one of the most overlooked aspects of this wild event, the basketball floor.
Did you know that every year there are new floors made for the site of the final four?
They create new floors every year because at the end of the tournament, the floors are sold to the winning team’s school. Pretty cool, right? So, what does the basketball floor have to do with the pallet industry?
It’s all about how it’s made! The NCAA floors are made of grade 1 maple. The maple is milled into wood strips. The floor is constructed in 8 x 4 panels and adhered to sub-floors that are built on pallets. The floors are built to strict specifications to maximize the performance of the game.
Once the floor panels are built by the manufacturer they are stacked up and shipped on a pallet. They are transported via truck to a floor refinishing plant where they assemble the floor. The panels are then sanded, painted, and sprayed.
After they are finished, the floors are disassembled and numbered for placement. The panels are stacked back on pallets and shipped to the host arena where the floor is unloaded. Each panel is laid out to form the floor and then the games begin!
This video from 2012 on USA Today shows the entire creation process from cutting down the tree to the final assembly of the floor.
Post by: Stuart Bloomfield, General Manager