Venue News: Hardworking March Madness Floors Make the Rounds

The painted slab of northern hardwood maple that supported the inaugural First Four round of the NCAA tournament at the University of Dayton’s UD Arena has seen its share of action before. Just last year, it served as the playing surface for the second leg of Butler’s run to the NCAA tournament title game. The same floor sitting inside UD Arena on Tuesday and Wednesday was used for last year’s West Regional in Salt Lake City. Last week, the 21 tons of floor were refitted with new site names along the baselines, loaded onto a flatbed truck, and driven to UD Arena. Now Connor Sports Flooring and UD Arena have to do a similar routine all over again…

…The latest of several repair projects at three-year-old Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is replacing corroded and rusted pipes at an estimated cost of $2 million to $3 million. That is expected to be covered by bonding, warranties, and insurance. This week, John Klipsch, executive director of the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority, provided more details: All of the building’s galvanized-steel pipes, snaking 8,400 ft. and supplying water to restrooms, sinks, and water fountains, will be replaced with stainless-steel or copper pipes. Affected pipes make up 5%-6% of the stadium’s plumbing system…

…It would be easy to crack wise about the city of Memphis’s recent proposal to spend $25 million to spruce up Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. But, for University of Memphis Athletic Director R.C. Johnson, upgrading the aging stadium is essential if the school is going to put a better football team on the field. “We want to continue to do everything we can to attract recruits. The better recruits we get, the better we’ll be playing, the more we’ll win, and the more crowds will come,” he said. “We think these would be really special, special for us. You want to make the game-day experience as positive as you possibly can.”