Colonial Life Arena will play host to the biggest basketball tournament on the planet Friday, when March Madness officially tips off in the midlands. Today, workers continued to put the finishing touches on the arena, including an installation of the NCAA Tournament floor.
Duke, champion of the Atlantic Coast Conference, has earned the overall No. 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament, and will begin the program’s quest for its sixth National Championship on Friday versus either NC Central or North Dakota State in Columbia, S.C.
The NCAA Tournament was last in Columbia 49 years ago. March Madness is making a big return to the Midlands with the No. 1 overall seed in the tourney coming to Colonial Life Arena.