In honor of the NCAA men’s basketball championship in Chicago, crowds have lined up outside the Sears Tower and throughout the city to see if they can snag a plastic cornucopia containing basketballs that appear to have been crushed underfoot.
The prizes also include a gold basketball, a trick-shot trophy, a pumpkin version of the trophy and a three-person basket toss. Some fans have carried their betters from Chicago to Washington, where an assortment is being blessed at the Washington National Cathedral.
The cup as such looks like a solid granite sheet without holes, according to spokespersons from the cathedral and the Chicago Loop Events Alliance, which organized the coup de grace.
The contest started Thursday, offering hoops courtesy of United Airlines and around the country leading up to the championship game on Monday. Outside the United Center and the Chicago River, other fans sought to grab the sculptures, according to a spokeswoman from Loop Events.
“We got a handful of the massive pedestals from United and two, maybe three, real, but you know, relative harmless basketballs,” said Christine Marois, the event co-chairwoman.
The rest were recreations. Check out the colorful creations below.