Source: Connor Sport Court

Connor Sport Court International, the world's leading manufacturer of high-performance sports flooring, and UPS (NYSE: UPS), an official NCAA corporate partner, today announced that Louisville will be part of a seven-city tour of the hardwood basketball court that will serve as the centerpiece of the 2012 NCAA® Men's Final Four®.

The Connor Sport Court Final Four Floor Tour transported by UPS will bring the hardwood court to Witherspoon Street between 1st and 2nd in Louisville from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.

To see the court assembled in quick time go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGqymbK3p5g.

A documentary team from CBS Television is filming the tour, from construction of the court in Amasa, Michigan, to Final Four play in New Orleans.

There will be free fun for everyone:

The first 100 individuals showing up will receive an official NCAA 3"X 6" piece of the floor emblazoned with the Final Four logo.

Have your photo taken on the 8' X 8' Center Court replica piece

Play basketball on a genuine Sport Court® backyard court

Play the NCAA Trivia Game

Sign the Final Four Floor Tour banner.

The Final Four will take place March 31 and April 2 at the Superdome in New Orleans. The championship court, which will be transported by UPS Freight, will begin its road trip on March 16 at UPS's hub in Columbus, Ohio. From there it will travel on March 17 to Louisville, Ky., one of the host sites for the second and third rounds of the men's tournament.

On March 19, the court will make a stop at the UPS Freight facility in Atlanta followed by Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., on March 20; the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg on March 21, and LSU in Baton Rouge on March 22 before arriving at its final destination in New Orleans on March 23.

The court, A QuickLock™ portable system, was crafted by Connor especially for the 2012 Men's Final Four. It was constructed of northern hardwood maple in strict accordance with NCAA specifications. Connor Sport Court is a member of the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association (MFMA) and adheres to the stringent grading and quality standards of that organization.

"It's a pleasure to partner with the eminent UPS brand on our tour," said Ron Cerny, President and CEO of Connor Sport Court. "It's a great pairing. We are the foremost expert in building sports surfaces and UPS is the foremost expert in logistics."

Connor Sport Court also is supplying the court for the 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four, which will take place April 1 and 3 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The hardwood maple for the NCAA Final Four courts is sourced by Connor as rough lumber from about 60 different sawmills, most of which are located in Michigan and Wisconsin. About Connor Sport Court International More athletic events are played on Connor Sport Court surfaces than on any other sports flooring in the world. Founded in 1872, Connor Sport Court has established itself as the standard for professional and collegiate sports. Hardwood used in the courts is from a renewable resource with the U.S. growing six times more hardwood than is harvested each year. Sport Court® is a registered trade mark of Connor Sport Court International. Since 1974, it has identified the original and authentic modular sport surface, continuously improved and patented to provide the highest levels of quality and performance. Connor Sport Court is proud to be the only sports surfacing company in the world that is independently audited and certified as "Zero Waste" and fully ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified. About UPS UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

Emily Attwood is Managing Editor of Athletic Business.