The first Carrier Classic tonight on ESPN (7 PM ET/4 PM PT) pits perennial college basketball powers North Carolina and Michigan State in their season opener — to be played on the flight deck of the 1092-foot-long, 244-foot-high active Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. It’s docked at the San Diego Naval Base. The game to celebrate the Veterans Day holiday and active-duty and retired military features bleachers built on the flight deck that will seat 7000-plus fans, wind screens to keep shots on track and an emergency 2000-seat court in the ship’s hanger bay in case the weather turns (Southern California is expecting rain this weekend). Here’s how it all came together, via the U.S. Navy; they even constructed the TV camera towers for the game after dark:
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