Designed and built by Sport Graphics, the bracket will remain on the hotel for the tournament’s duration, which comes to a close with the championship game April 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The 44,000-square-foot bracket is one of the largest ever built, approximately the size of nine basketball courts. The weight of the materials is equivalent to the weight of a standard American car, roughly 3,200 pounds. The data used on the graphic is about 800 gigabytes – comparable to watching a 1,142-hour movie on your computer.
“Indianapolis has a great history of hosting the Final Four and providing a one-of-a-kind championship experience for college athletes,” said JoAn Scott, NCAA managing director of men’s basketball championships. “We want to get everyone excited for the Final Four and what better way to do this than by putting a larger-than-life bracket on display in the city.”
Teams selected for the tournament had the opportunity to see their 4-foot high name plates hoisted onto the bracket via video.