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You don't need a ticket to be part of the 2019 NCAA Final Four excitement

You don't need a ticket to be part of the 2019 NCAA Final Four excitement Photo: KSTP-TV

April 02, 2019 05:29 AM

Final Four week is officially here, and U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is ready for the big crowds.

As home to the Minnesota Vikings and major concerts, the stadium is no stranger to large events. The NCAA expects 70,000 fans to attend the Final Four games, and if you're looking to go to the games, tickets will be costly.

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But, if you want to be part of the excitement at no cost, make plans to attend Reese's Final Four Friday. You can watch the four teams practice and see the college all-star game.

"You don't need a ticket," said Kate Mortenson, President & CEO of the Minneapolis Final Four Organizing Committee. "You just pass through the front gates with your security game day, clear bag. And anyone can just wander in and sit anywhere in the house."

The doors at U.S. Bank Stadium open at 10 a.m. Friday. The Reese's College All-Star Game begins around 3:30 p.m.

If you can't make it or don't have any interest in those, there are many other events planned for the week, although many require you to purchase tickets.

Here's a look at what's planned downtown Minneapolis, courtesy of the NCAA:

Friday, April 5

  • Reese's Final Four Friday at 10 a.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium. Open to the public.
  • Final Four Fan Fest from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Ticketed event.
  • Tip-off Tailgate from 4-10 p.m. along Nicollet Mall.
  • AT&T Block Party featuring The Chainsmokers from 7-11 p.m. at the Armory.

Saturday, April 6

  • Final Four Fan Fest from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Ticketed event.
  • Tip-off Tailgate from 2-10 p.m. along Nicollet Mall.
  • National Semifinal Game 1 at 5 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium.
  • National Semifinal Game 2 at 7:30 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium.
  • Performance by the Jonas Brothers from 7-11 p.m. at the Armory.

Sunday, April 7

  • Final Four Fan Fest from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Ticketed event.
  • NCAA Final Four Dribble event at 2 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
  • Tip-off Tailgate from 2-8 p.m. along Nicollet Mall.
  • Capital One JamFest featuring Katy Perry and Zedd from 7-11 p.m. at the Armory.

Monday, April 8

  • Final Four Fan Fest from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Ticketed event.
  • Tip-off Tailgate from 4 p.m. - midnight along Nicollet Mall
  • National Championship Game at 8 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium

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