Final Four floor ready to go

ARLINGTON, Tx. (WKYT) - For weeks now crews all across north Texas have been getting ready for the Final Four.

From the final touches at AT&T Stadium in Arlington to downtown Dallas everyone is sprucing up for the thousands expected to be on hand for college basketball's biggest weekend.

"This is the Final Four kick off for us," said Lauren Gillian, of Connor Sport Court International.

The wood floor that will play host to the upcoming final four arrived in North Texas last week. At Klyde Warren Park, the official NCAA court builder, Connor Sport Court International showed off a replica of the floor to fans.

"This probably is one of the largest floors we've ever done," Gillian said. "When you go Dallas, you go big."

Crews laid the 70ft by 140ft floor last Friday and reconfigured the stadium's seating.

"We actually moved the basketball court," said Williams of HKS Inc. "(We) put it in a center court configuration so the length of the court is running the same as the football field or soccer pitch depending on the stadium."

Seats have been added around the court and outside of AT&T Stadium crews hung new banners. In downtown Dallas, they're setting up for rock superstar Bruce Springsteen and others who will perform in a free concert; fans say they're getting more excited.

"I'm super pumped about it," says Brandon Taylor, a basketball fan. "I'm ready to see it."

"I'm pumped up, lots of energy," said Ian Ribald, a basketball fan. "Dallas is going to become the place in April. This is going to be a hot spot for all sports fans out there."

Aside from the trophies and accolades, the winning team can also buy the floor or have part of it donated to them.

In 2012 Northwestern Mutual, a corporate sponsor, donated a portion of the championship floor from the Superdome to UK after the National Championship win in New Orleans.

Also that year, pieces of the court were used in the newly renovated team locker room at Rupp. Approximately $200,000 was also donated in 2012 to help fight pediatric cancer in Kentucky from the online auction of pieces of the floor.

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