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From Tree to Tipoff

In Michigan, 500 sugar maple trees are harvested for a special project. Ten miles of boards are cuts from the trees, dried, and made into floor panels that fit together. They are assembled, sanded, stained, painted, measured, finished, and disassembled. Almost 40 tons of flooring travel 2,300 miles to be installed at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona for the NCAA basketball tournament Final Four games. ESPN has a photo essay that follows the preparation of the floor from trees to tipoff (with some video, too). It does not explain what happens to the floor after tonight's championship game.

(Image credit: Ross Dettman)

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