March Madness Basketball Courts Made In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
Everyone knows that cars, Vernor's, square pizza, and Motown Music come from Michigan.
But did you know that the Final Four has been played on basketball courts made in the Mitten State for nearly the last 20 years? It's true!
Connor Sports, located in the western Upper Peninsula, has been the official court supplier of the NCAA Final Four since 2006. This year, the Michigan company's basketball courts will also be used for the regional finals, as well as the regional finals and Final Four for women's basketball.
Connor Sports manufactures its basketball floors in Amasa, about 50 miles southwest of Marquette. Less than 250 people lived in Amasa in 2020, according to the U.S. Census.
Being the NCAA's official basketball court supplier is key to the Connor Sports business, CEO Benjamin Bachman told MLive.com:
Connor Sports will again play a critical role in the 2023 men’s and women’s March Madness tournaments. We consider our partnership with the NCAA very important. The manufacturing and finishing process of new high-quality, custom hardwood basketball courts combined with the complex, just-in-time logistics of delivering those courts to each tournament location has been an exciting and unique challenge that our team of Champions in Amasa, Michigan, has fully embraced. Each member of the Connor Sports team has played a pivotal role in ensuring that an optimum playing experience will be had by the student-athletes competing and the fans cheering on both the men’s and women’s tournaments.
You can add basketball courts to copper, pasties, and Tom Izzo as the Upper Peninsula's biggest exports.