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The Hardwood Floors Behind March Madness

March Madness is vastly approaching, and as we wear our
favorite team’s gear, we often overlook the floor that holds such precious
moments in college basketball. It’s the one object in which we all eagerly sit
around as sport history is made. Since basketball’s infancy in the late 1800s, the
floor was made with maple hardwood flooring. Even through basketball’s
evolution, the game has stayed true to at least one of its factors — it’s wood

Maple’s resilient characteristics and it’s shock absorbing
properties gives this hardwood flooring the best material for basketball courts
around the country. Volleyball greatly benefits from these properties as well. According
to AthleticBusiness.com, maple makes up about 95 percent of basketball courts
— including NCAA and NBA courts. Think of the constant wear and tear of a
basketball court. The resilience of the flooring materials (including the
subflooring) is crucial. Maple wood is known to be able to take a beating as
well as provide shock absorbency, which reduces injury to players. This is why
in many cases, bowling pins are made of maple.

However, with those benefits comes a great responsibility.
The hardwood flooring of a basketball court needs constant tender, loving care.
When players are off the court and fans have left the building, daily
maintenance is required to keep the wood floor clean, safe for the players and
aesthetically pleasing. In order to maintain the best flooring crews sweep the
floor daily. In addition, screen and recoating is recommended about once a
year, and sanding, rescaling and repainting is recommended every 10 to 15

Maintenance for a wood floor is no small endeavor. Take Nashville’s
own Vanderbilt Memorial Gymnasium for example. At its completion in 1952, the
gym with its flooring was one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the
South. Today, between the men’s and women’s teams, they win on average 78
percent of the home games. That’s calls for strong, resilient flooring.

It’s not just the players and coaches who work
hard to make sure you get the best out of the big game, but it’s also the flooring
and the people who maintain it. Whatever Nashville collegiate team you’re
cheering on this March Madness, maple hardwood flooring is sure to be a part of
the game. Now, let’s play some basketball!

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