March 27, 2018 06:36 PM
The NCAA men's basketball Final Four kicks off in San Antonio on Friday. And headed that way are members of the Minneapolis Final Four organizing committee to learn what they can before the big event arrives in Minneapolis next year.
Kate Mortenson, president and CEO of the 2019 Minneapolis Final Four Local Organizing Committee, says the goal on the San Antonio trip will be to divide and conquer by embedding with local police and taking part in associated tournament events.
Planning for the event comes shortly after Minneapolis hosted the 2018 Super Bowl. Mortenson says the Final Four will be different, in part because many of the events will take place closer to the stadium.
A number of area businesses were not as busy during Super Bowl week as they had expected, but are hoping a smaller security zone around U.S. Bank Stadium for the Final Four will translate into more business that weekend.
Minnesota as Host to Final Four
Minnesota – well, Minneapolis – has played host to the NCAA men's basketball Final Four on three occasions:
Williams Arena: 1951
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome: 1992, 2001
Meanwhile, the host committee heading to San Antonio is also working with the Minneapolis Downtown Council.
President and CEO Steve Cramer says the council is thinking about how it can activate downtown during that time to make it as hospitable as possible.
Meantime, Minnesota has a little more than a year to wait and prepare to shine in the spotlight once again.
Updated: March 27, 2018 06:36 PM
Created: March 27, 2018 05:08 PM
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