March Madness is well named. One out of five office workers bet on this annual college basketball extravaganza. The annual frenzy draws hundreds of thousands of fans to local basketball arenas across the country.
In some places these fans see more than just basketball. The KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, home of the University of Louisville Cardinals basketball team, opened in October of 2010. The first fans were greeted with an elegant lobby featuring terrazzo flooring.
Admittedly, most of basketball fans likely won’t notice the floor much. Especially during the March Madness finals, fans will have other things on their minds. But that anonymity, in fact, is one of the advantages of terrazzo.
Visitors to the same arenas in 2040, when the construction bonds are paid off, won’t notice the terrazzo floors either; they won’t see holes, or cracks, or a need for repairs. The floors at the KFC Yum! Center will look just as great in 30 years, or 60 years, as they do today.
Any sports arena that installs terrazzo will find that they have made an investment that holds up remarkably well under heavy foot traffic and that remains almost maintenance free for decades to come. Terrazzo flooring boasts an enduring beauty; better than any other flooring system, terrazzo lasts and lasts. Just like a good basketball program.