College Hoops aboard Vinson

Quicken Loans Carrier Classic is Prepared for Anything

Production is underway on the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

The Michigan State Spartans are set to take on the University of North Carolina Tar Heels at the first ever college basketball game on a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier.

Preparations to set up for the event have been taking place throughout the week, with the construction of bleachers seating 7,000 people and a full basketball court on the flight deck of Carl Vinson.

Sailors assigned to the “Seahawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 41, are assisting with the setup of the event. Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Marco Gilio and Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Carlin Henderson have donated over 30 hours of their time assisting with the construction of the event. In return, the squadron will be giving them tickets to the event.

The game will be played on Friday, Veterans Day, 11/11/11. Magic Johnson and James Worthy will be honorary team captains. A secondary court with smaller stands is being built on the hangar deck in case of foul weather.

Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Marco Gilio, Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Aaron Armellini, and Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Carlin Henderson, all assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 41, volunteer to set-up bleachers for the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The three will get free tickets to the game. The Michigan State University Spartans are playing the University of North Carolina Tar Heels aboard Carl Vinson for the first ever Quicken Loans Carrier Classic on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amanda Huntoon/Released)

Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Marco Gilio, Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Aaron Armellini, and Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Carlin Henderson, all assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 41, volunteer to set-up bleachers for the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The three will get free tickets to the game. The Michigan State University Spartans are playing the University of North Carolina Tar Heels aboard Carl Vinson for the first ever Quicken Loans Carrier Classic on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amanda Huntoon/Released)

More photos below.

Bleachers are set-up on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) for the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game. The Michigan State University Spartans are playing the University of North Carolina Tar Heels aboard Carl Vinson for the first ever Quicken Loans Carrier Classic on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amanda Huntoon/Released)

Bleachers are set-up on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) for the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game. The Michigan State University Spartans are playing the University of North Carolina Tar Heels aboard Carl Vinson for the first ever Quicken Loans Carrier Classic on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amanda Huntoon/Released)

Civilian contractors install bleacher seats as workers construct a basketball arena aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is preparing to host the Michigan State University Spartans and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels for the inaugural Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. (U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Dean M. Cates/Released)

Civilian contractors install bleacher seats as workers construct a basketball arena aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is preparing to host the Michigan State University Spartans and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels for the inaugural Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. (U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Dean M. Cates/Released)

Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Marco Gilio, Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Aaron Armellini, and Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Carlin Henderson, all assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 41, volunteer to set-up bleachers for the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The three will get free tickets to the game. The Michigan State University Spartans are playing the University of North Carolina Tar Heels aboard Carl Vinson for the first ever Quicken Loans Carrier Classic on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amanda Huntoon/Released)

Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Marco Gilio, Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Aaron Armellini, and Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Carlin Henderson, all assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 41, volunteer to set-up bleachers for the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The three will get free tickets to the game. The Michigan State University Spartans are playing the University of North Carolina Tar Heels aboard Carl Vinson for the first ever Quicken Loans Carrier Classic on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amanda Huntoon/Released)

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