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Rick Fuson, who runs the facility, hadn’t slept in 32 hours as of 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. He wouldn’t have it any other way.

“You build a camaraderie, you build friendships that last a lifetime,” he said. “For us to be able to do that through sports and entertainment is a blessing for us. You haven’t had sleep, but OK, how many opportunities to you get to do an NCAA Final Four?”

Fuson credited his colleagues, Tom Rutledge and Courtney Howell, as well as the rest of the staff, for a successful switch.

As for how he stays awake, Fuson prefers adrenaline to caffeine.

“You wash your face, and then you say, ‘Well, what else is going to happen next?’” he said. “You don’t want to sleep, because what are you going to miss?”


AP freelancer Chuck Schoffner contributed to this report.