Most people watching the Final Four tournament this weekend will lock on to their maddened brackets and the warring players. But employees of Connor Sports, the NCAA’s official court supplier, know the unsung hero of the game is the iconic maplewood court itself.
“We watch the game a bit differently than most,” says Andrew Campbell, a veteran court installer with Connor who helped lay down the Final Four floors. “People don’t put a lot of thought into what goes into [building a basketball court]. It’s not on people’s radar.”
How this year’s court got to Arizona’s University of Phoenix football stadium is instrumental not only in facilitating athletic feats and ball response, but also in conserving the 24,000-acre Two-Hearted River Forest Reserve in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and promoting larger-scale sustainable forestry.