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This year's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament will be the last for the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Fans from out of town will surely notice the construction of the new arena happening just next door.

This year's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament will be the last for the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Fans from out of town will surely notice the construction of the new arena happening just next door.

But at the Bradley Center on Monday, workers were in "court construction" mode ahead of the start of March Madness. Staff said they received the wood floor from the NCAA on Sunday. By mid-afternoon it was already down.

"Right now we're laying down the court. It's in 4x8 sections. Basically, we pulled up the Bucks court on Saturday night," Paul Jansen, vice president of sales, marketing, and business development at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, said.

While the BMO Harris Bradley Center is the host facility for the tournament, Marquette University is the host team. Jim Nasiopulos - a retired associate athletic director for Marquette University Facilities and Management - is also back at it.

"One nice thing, this time there's no ice underneath. Every time we've had it there's been ice underneath," Nasiopulos said.

Although he's retired, Nasiopulos said he's doing some consulting for the tournament. He said the first thing people have to realize is that the NCAA has complete control.

"I did five [NCAA Tournaments] and this will be the sixth," Nasiopulos said.

"I think the first realization is you get a manual that's about an inch and a half thick. And I just happen to be a detail oriented type person - that's how I think. For me delving into it wasn't so bad," Nasiopulos said.

As the court is labeled, Nasiopulos reflects on his time in the building.

"Well, you know, it's bittersweet because it will be the last one in the Bradley Center," Nasiopulos said. 

"I remember specifically the energy that we had when Wisconsin was here. Particularly last time when they beat Oregon. This place was about as loud as you'd ever find it," Nasiopulos said.

"Hopefully it will be held again soon at the new arena," Jansen said. "But that hasn't been announced yet so..."

The first round at the BMO Harris Bradley Center starts on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. - the first game is Winthrop vs. Butler.

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