April 6, 2012

Netting at NCAA Final Four - Bracket Town

The NCAA Final Four just wrapped up, and during that week's festivities for the tournament, Coca-Cola Zero® presented a large event facility called "Bracket Town®" in New Orleans.  Gourock.com had been the supplier for one of the event coordinators, Turner Broadcasting Systems®, with 14,400 square feet of nylon netting for use in various different areas of the arena for a variety of containment and barrier applications.

Manufactured and shipped in 30' X 30' dimensions, the #21 X 1-3/4" knotted DuPont® nylon netting was a perfect match for their multipurpose needs.  This netting selection is a very wise choice for multipurpose applications (for objects 2" and larger) because:
  • it is very strong (241 lb./twine tensile)
  • lightweight (0.025 lbs./sq. ft.)
  • very user-friendly
  • minimally visually obstructive
  • and the high abrasion resistance makes it very durable
At Gourock we really enjoy working with customers from all sides of the consumer spectrum - ranging from commercial/professional applications to general-use residential needs.  So feel free to contact us with questions about particular netting applications and we'll see what the best match for your needs are.
Below is a background article about Bracket Town® published in the Tulane University paper, as well as some shots of this year's event:

http://tulane.edu/news/newwave/032612_bracket_town.cfm

NCAA’s Bracket Town supplies fun for everyone

March 26, 2012
Nick Marinello
mr4@tulane.edu
With more than 300,000 square feet devoted to athletic activities, events and entertainment, Bracket Town, the NCAA’s Final Four fan festival, provides an affordable opportunity for locals and out-of-towners to take part in the championship tournament.

NCAA Final Four Bracket Town
Bracket Town at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in downtown New Orleans will have games and activities for fans of all ages. (Photo by Oscar Ozco)

Staged across three halls of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in downtown New Orleans, Bracket Town comprises four days of scheduled and ongoing activities.
“It’s a neat, family friendly event in that there is so much do for fans of all ages,” says Joe Dunn, NCAA associate director of championships and alliances. “It is an opportunity for us to provide an affordable experience to the local community.”
Among the activities to participate in at Bracket Town are free daily youth clinics, autograph sessions with coaches and former players, a 3-on-3 basketball competition, a home run derby, fencing matches, a slam dunk court (with goals set at various heights), and a variety of high-tech, interactive games.
“There’s a nice mix throughout the entire footprint of not only March Madness and NCAA basketball, but a sampling of our other 23 sports,” says Dunn.
Formerly known as “Hoop City,” the event was rebranded as “Bracket Town refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero” in 2010. “We made a serious investment in 2010 to improve the look and feel of the event,” says Dunn.

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-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

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