HOUSTON, Texas – The Sooners arrived in Houston for their first Final Four berth since 2002, and crews are already preparing for thousands of fans to pack NRG Stadium.
Earlier this week, workers were busy setting up 75,000 seats inside the stadium for the NCAA Final Four.
“The court installation itself is only a couple of hours, so that’s not the hardest part- the seating, riser system is much more intense,” said Doug Hall.
While there’s still a few reminders of Rodeo Houston, the transition to big time college hoops is complete.
“We had a great group and a great team that could make it all come together from the Rodeo move out through the transition and preparing NRG Stadium for the Final Four,” said Leah Mastaglio.
In essence, workers were busy putting the Final Four floor together like a puzzle.
“It’s more like paint by numbers, I guess. We’re putting the pieces together on the floor, about 285 pieces,” said Bruce Haroldson.
If the Sooners win on Saturday, they may want to take part of the floor back to Norman.
However, it will cost them.
“It’s probably a $150,000 basketball court, plus the pain job, so whatever you want they’ll do,” Hall said.
Tipoff between the Sooners and Villanova is set for 5:09 p.m. on Saturday.
If you can’t make it to the stadium to watch the big game, you can catch it on TBS