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How a Small Town in Michigan Contributes to March Madness Every Year

Connor Sports, a Gerflor company based in Amasa, Michigan, will once again be the official court supplier for the NCAA Final Four in 2023. The company will provide new, custom-made hardwood courts for both the men’s and women’s tournaments, which will be used at various locations including NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Connor Sports, a Gerflor company based in Amasa, Michigan, is set to once again play a key role in the NCAA March Madness tournament. As the official court supplier of the NCAA Final Four since 2006, Connor Sports will provide new, custom-made hardwood courts for both the men’s and women’s tournaments in 2023. The courts will be used at various locations including NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.


According to Benjamin Bachman, the CEO of Gerflor USA and Connor Sports, the company takes its partnership with the NCAA very seriously. The manufacturing and finishing process of the new custom hardwood basketball courts, along with the complex logistics of delivering those courts to each tournament location, has been an exciting and unique challenge that the team in Amasa has fully embraced. “Each member of the Connor Sports team has played a pivotal role in ensuring that an optimum playing experience will be had by the student-athletes competing and the fans cheering on both the men’s and women’s tournaments,” says Bachman.


The 2023 men’s Final Four court is made from sustainably harvested Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified first-grade northern hard maple and measures 70 by 140 feet. It comprises 381 panels weighing 160 pounds each, for a total of 56,000 pounds. The 2023 women’s Final Four surface is also FSC-certified and measures 60 by 120 feet, with 262 panels weighing 145 pounds each, totaling 37,300 pounds.


The courts were manufactured and inspected at the Connor Sports production mill in Amasa starting in the fall of 2022. The floor panels were stacked and banded in January 2023 before being shipped to Connor Sports’ finishing partners for a two-month process that included assembly, sanding, sealing, painting, and finishing. Finally, the courts were loaded and transported to each men’s and women’s regional and Final Four location, where they were installed by a local labor team led by Connor Sports technical supervisors.


In addition to hardwood sports flooring, Connor Sports also produces dance studio systems and vulcanized rubber sports surfaces. The women’s Final Four court will also serve as the floor for the Division II and III women’s basketball championship games in Dallas, as part of the combined championship to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX.


Overall, the manufacture and delivery of the new hardwood basketball courts for the 2023 NCAA March Madness tournament represent a major logistical feat. However, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the team at Connor Sports, student-athletes and fans alike can look forward to an outstanding playing experience at the upcoming tournament.

Austyn McFadden

@UndraftedNews

March 19, 2023 at 12:00:00 AM

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