As excitement builds, security increases for Final Four games

April 06, 2019 10:30 PM

The journey to the Final Four for fans looked different for each person who came to U.S. Bank Stadium Saturday.

For a group of Auburn alum, it was the trip of a lifetime.


“It’s a bucket list item,” said one fan. “We wanted to do a Final Four at some point in our lives but when Auburn made it, we absolutely had to come.”

RELATED: Texas Tech beats Michigan State in Final Four semifinals; faces Virginia in title game

Others had planned out their trip to Minneapolis months ago, only to be disappointed.

“I wanted to see my team Duke,” Eileen King said with a chuckle. “But had the tickets so here I am.”

As thousands of people showed up to watch the semifinal games, security outside of the stadium increased.

Law enforcement officers patrolled the light rail platform, the security lines and other areas of the perimeter.

Minneapolis police officers watched from their squad cars that are parked on The Commons park. They also were on patrol inside the secure area.

RELATED: Virginia beats Auburn 63-62 to reach title game

Fans didn’t seem to mind the metal detectors, security wands or clear, plastic bags that were required to bring their items in.

“We just hope to come to another game on Monday night,” said Kathy Bouchard-Wiant, a Michigan State alum. “I’m celebrating a big 6-0 birthday on Monday and several months ago, my family asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday. I said, I plan to be in Minneapolis, out celebrating.”

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