Connor Sports plays vital role in March Madness
Connor Sports in Amasa has supplied the portable courts for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments since 2006. Connor Sports also builds permanent floors to be used in elementary schools, high schools, colleges and for professional teams and produces about 800 courts per year.
AMASA—The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments are one of the highlights of the sports calendar as millions around the country enjoy the games as fans, and yes, of course, as bettors.
But for some locally, March Madness is an especially meaningful time of year, for the employees at Connor Sports in Amasa contribute to the games in a vital and unique way.
Since 2006, Connor Sports has supplied the courts for the tournaments. This year, the Gerflor Global Flooring Group company provided 12 new, custom-built QuickLock portable floors for both the men’s and women’s regionals and the Final Four venues, as well at Fan Fest event courts. Additionally, the NCAA uses nine Connor Sports courts for the First Four games and first and second rounds of play in the men’s tournament.
So from Pacific Northwest to the Gulf Coast and locations in between, Connor Sports is a visible presence.
“This is an incredible time of pride for everyone that works here because the tournaments are so closely followed around the country and everyone here knows that they had a distinct part in helping make that possible,” said Connor Sports Technical Director Jason Gasperich.
Connor Sports hosted a media day at its manufacturing facility in Amasa on March 12, and Gasperich walked reporters through the various stages of the process that produces the customized panels that are then palletized and shipped to offsite locations in Ohio, Tennessee or Idaho (depending on proximity to the final destination).
Once the panels arrive, they are assembled “like putting together a big puzzle,” Gasperich said. After that, the floor is sanded, and a seal coat is administered to protect the maple. Next, the lines, graphics and logos are painted on, followed by another top coat to protect the finish. The court is then allowed to cure before it’s packaged and shipped to the facility, in the case of the men’s Final Four this year, to San Antonio.