March 21, 2013

Final Floor will make stop at Dalton State

Submitted by Dalton State College

— Connor Sport Court International’s 2013 Final Four Floor Tour will make a stop at the Dalton State College campus from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

Connor Sport Court International, the official floor of the NCAA Final Four, will transport the game floor from its manufacturing warehouse in Amasa, Mich., to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the Final Four, which is set for the weekend of April 6.

During the floor’s journey, the court makes tour stops at different college campuses, including a visit earlier Monday at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

The public is invited to the Dalton State College event, which is suitable for all ages and will be held in front of the Westcott Building. Attendees can participate in basketball shootoffs, take photos with a replica of center court, receive free items and more. Participants at the event will also have the opportunity to sign the tour truck carrying the official Final Four floor.

This is the eighth year that Connor Sport Court International has produced the floor for the NCAA Final Four tournament and the fifth Final Four Floor Tour. The company is proud to celebrate 75 years of March Madness alongside the NCAA.

“We look forward to bringing the tour to Dalton State College this year,” said Ron Cerny, president and CEO of Connor Sport Court International. “Our company enjoys putting on this tour because we love interacting with college basketball fans all over the country.”

Said Dalton State athletic director Derek Waugh, “With the Final Four being in Atlanta this year, we are honored that the floor will make a stop in Dalton. This gives our young athletic department instant credibility by being associated with the biggest event in college athletics, and it is also a great tie-in because the Roadrunners will permanently play on a Connor Floor from one of the NCAA Regional sites this year.”

Connor Sport Court International builds the portable floor for quick installation at the Final Four venues each year.

The courts for both men and women are manufactured from the best premium hard maple, and a few weeks prior to the tournament, the floor is constructed, inspected and then disassembled at the Amasa plant before being shipped for painting and finishing at Connor’s partner, Pratter’s, in Chattanooga. From there, the floor is loaded up for the tour and delivered to the Final Four host site.