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Final Four court installed at Georgia Dome

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One of the key pieces to hosting the Final Four arrived at the Georgia Dome Friday morning - the court.

The UPS truck arrived at the dome with great fanfare, delivering court straight from Michigan.

"We have the best drivers in the industry to get it here and use a tracking system to monitor it along the way to make sure it's secure and safe for arrival," said Hugh Allen with UPS.

Crews used a forklift to unload the 300 palettes containing the court and to move them inside. Connor Sports makes the court from first-grade maple.

"Everything's is selected by hand, it's graded by hand. It's people going through and doing a lot of hard work," Andrew Campbell with Connor Sports said.

How each piece fits together is precisely planned.

"All of the palettes are in alphanumeric order so we start, it's called a zipper configuration, so we'll lay the center row first and then go out from the sides and both directions from there," Campbell said.

"We have to be more precise because we have to fit. This floor is going to go right to the end of the deck. This is a custom made floor to fit this deck. It's a one of a kind floor," Bruce Haroldson with Connor Sports said.

The 75th anniversary court is a bigger than previous courts, 9,800 square feet.

"It's 20 feet wider and 10 feet longer than our standard floor," Haroldson said.

That's because the court is essentially an elevated stage for the Big Dance so it needs to have a perimeter around the edge. It's a court the employees at Connor Sports take pride in.

"It's the Final Four floor. It's the center piece. This is our Grammy's. Every year, everyone in our company, everyone turns on their TV's and watches it. There's a lot of people, an army that went into making this floor," Campbell said.

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