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NCAA.com | March 6, 2015

NCAA builds 16-story bracket for Final Four

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA is tipping off the 2015 Men’s Final Four decoration with a 165-foot tall bracket on the JW Marriott Indianapolis.

Designed and built by Sport Graphics, installation began Tuesday, March 3, and will continue through Selection Sunday, weather permitting. The bracket will remain on the JW Marriott for the duration of NCAA March Madness and the Final Four.

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. The data used on the graphic is over 800 gigabytes – comparable to watching a movie on your computer that is 1,142 hours long.

“Indianapolis has a great history of hosting the NCAA 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.”

In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the bracket expansion to 68 selections, teams selected for this year’s tournament will have the chance to see their 4-foot high names plates hoisted on to the bracket via video.

Using the hash tag #brackeTALLogy, fans can track the progress of the installation and see updates as teams advance in the tournament.  The bracket will be updated every Monday to reflect teams’ advancements from the prior week.

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