Duke to buy Final Four court, sell sections to fans

Thursday April 9th, 2015

After winning its fifth national championship under head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is planning on buying the Final Four court and selling it to fans, Bloomberg’s Eben Novy-Williams reports.

The Blue Devils beat Wisconsin on Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium, and fans will have the opportunity to purchase a section of the court.

Novy-Williams reports Duke is negotiating to buy the court, with the price expected to exceed $100,000. Louisville bought the court after its 2013 championship and raised money for charity by selling off pieces, according to Novy-Williams.

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Louisville, for example, purchased its 2013 championship floor in a partnership with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., according to athletics spokesman Kenny Klein. The center-court logo hangs in the KFC Yum! Center, while the rest was sold off to fans, raising more than $250,000 for pediatric cancer research.

Every year, Connor Sports Flooring offers the NCAA champion the option to purchase the court that's used in the Final Four. Courts from earlier rounds are sold after having the branding removed and are typically sold for around $90,000, Novy-Williams reports.

Monday’s victory was the third time that Krzyzewski and Duke won a national championship in Indianapolis.

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