by Matt Lincoln
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Fans who couldn't make the trip to San Antonio to watch VCU and the University of Richmond play in the Sweet Sixteen will get a chance to see the court that their teams played on.
SportsQuest has used their relationship with the hardcourt company that made that surface in San Antonio to bring the court to Richmond.
SportsQuest plans include working closely with Tom Yeager, Norwood Teague, VCU Athletic Director, and Jim Miller, UofR Athletic Director, to provide community programs access to the court that launched both Universities into the national spotlight. The court will be on display at the SportsQuest campus and serve as the primary court for home games by SportsQuest court sport teams. Branded commemorative sections of the court will be donated by SportsQuest to UofR and VCU for permanent display at the Robins Center and the Siegel Center, the home for their respective basketball programs.
"We are building one of the largest basketball venues in the world at SportsQuest," said Tony Tucker, President of SportsQuest Academy in a release, "we couldn't think of a better tribute to the city than to bring home the court that was the stage for VCU's Final Four entry and the UofR's appearance in the Sweet Sixteen."
VCU beat Florida State and then top-seed Kansas on that San Antonio floor on their way to their first ever Final Four. Richmond lost on that court to Kansas in the Sweet Sixteen, the school's second ever trip to that level of the tournament.
SportsQuest is planning a grand celebration for the day the court is erected. The entire Richmond community will be invited to the party.
SportsQuest is currently underway on the construction of a 250,000 square foot Sports, Aquatics & Fitness Center that will be the permanent home for 15 NBA-sized basketball courts plus the NCAA Championship court. The center also includes an Olympic size pool and a stunning, state-of-the-art fitness facility for SportsQuest members overlooking sport activity below.