March Madness officially tipped off on Sunday evening with the announcement of the 68-team field for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
If spending your first day back in the office filling out dozens of brackets wasn’t evidence enough, the tournament’s official Twitter account shared a photo of the Final Four court on Monday afternoon.
Naturally, the design features the NCAA Final Four logo at center court. It uses complementary colors — used locally by the Minnesota Timberwolves — and prominently displays stars from the night sky along the baselines and sidelines.
The court was manufactured by Connor Sports, and is made entirely from sugar maple trees located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It is 70’x140’ and weighs approximately 37 tons. Installation of the court takes about four hours, and will begin on Friday, March 29. It will be presented to the media that afternoon.
The 2019 NCAA Tournament begins with the First Four in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday evening. Opening round matchups include Fairleigh Dickinson vs Prairie View A&M (16 seeds in the West Region) and Belmont vs Temple (11 seeds in the East Region).
The Final Four, meanwhile, will take place at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, home to the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. The national semifinals and national championship game are scheduled for April 6 and 8, respectively.