The first college basketball game to take place on a Navy ship will attract the commander in chief next month.
“This Veterans Day, President Obama will honor our nation’s veterans by laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery and then by traveling to San Diego, California, to attend the Carrier Classic on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson,” the White House said in a statement. “He looks forward to a great game between Michigan State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.”
Converting the deck of the 1 1/2-acre aircraft carrier into an arena that can hold 7,000 fans is no easy task. “This was an idea that seemed totally undoable,” Steven Barber, who is filming a documentary about the game, told the San Francisco Examiner.
“It’s a big undertaking,” Mike Whalen, director of the Morale Entertainment Foundation, the game’s organizer told the Examiner. “It’s going to be a floating city.”