DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Preparations are underway tonight at UD Arena exactly one week before the First Four tournament games, but things haven’t exactly gone as planned.
The floor for the NCAA First Four tournament games arrived after 5 p.m. Tuesday, and crews began installing it.
The floor was supposed to arrive Tuesday morning, but it was being trucked in, and because of delays with drivers it didn’t arrive until Tuesday night.
Organizers still got a jump start in the morning, stripping and removing the old floor, which took about two hours. They also began setting up other areas of the arena.
The new hardwood is the same one from last year, customized for the building, just repainted with a new design this time. Organizers said they plan for this event year round, and while there was a delay, they’re still right on schedule.
“We always have a Plan B and a Plan C in place. So yeah, we have a little extra time this year than we did last year because of the high school basketball tournament, so we have a couple extra days built in that way we don’t have to wear out our staff before the First Four gets here,” said Scott DeBolt, Senior Associate Director Athletics and First Four Tournament Manager.
The floor will take about four and a half hours to get installed. Setting up areas for the media around the floor will take about a day and a half.