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||03-23-2010 06:45 PM
Time lapse photography of 2010 NCAA Final Four court being painted
Did you know that the team that wins the championship is given the floor to do with as it wishes?
Also, does anyone recall that for the 1978 Final Four played at The Checkerdome in St. Louis, the court was the same one that IU used at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, complete with the state of Indiana and a red "I" and all? I had always wondered what that was all about, until I finally took the time to seek out the answer a few minutes ago...
Since 1986, the winning team is traditionally given the floor from the championship venue to keep. What the school does with it varies: some schools sell pieces of it to fans, others simply put it in storage, and still others use it in their venues, such as Michigan State did in 2002 and Florida did in 2006, re-painting the hardwood and placing it in their home arena.
The only exception to this was in 1978: for that year's Final Four, the NCAA had to truck in Indiana's court from Assembly Hall to the Checkerdome in St. Louis, as the basketball floor at that hockey arena had been warped as a result of water damage.
The above information and a bunch of other great info about the tournament can be found here:
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