This photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, is the new Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. The 17,500-seat arena, the new home of the NBA's Sacramento Kings basketball team features among other things, the NBA's first 4k ultra HD video board that stretches 84 feet above the court with more than 38 million pixels. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Well before any teams have taken the court, Steve Tebbs surveys the grand makeover at sparkling first-year Golden 1 Center with pride. There's the shiny new NCAA court that replaced the Sacramento Kings floor in a major switcheroo in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, March Madness banners and placards every which way on the walls, scoreboard and digital scroll.
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After the Kings' win Monday night against the Magic, a crew of 21 people worked until 5 a.m. removing the court and installing the fresh one _ the smell of lacquer was still pungent on Thursday's practice day _ for four NCAA Tournament games in the Midwest Regional to be played beginning Friday morning with Oregon and Iona.
"Love it," said Tebbs, Golden 1 Center's operations manager. "This was pretty cool because it's different from anything we do. Our general manager, Juan Rodriguez, says this is our Super Bowl."
Garbage cans with the Kings or Golden 1 logo have been wrapped and the new, heavier court took everybody's strength: Each panel, fitting together like a puzzle, weighs about 200 pounds. Painting crews have been doing daily touchups.
Next weekend, Golden 1 will host the California high school championships.
"It's going to be very beautiful to play on this court," Iona's Jordan Washington said.
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