Final Four festivities kick off on Friday

April 01, 2019 10:20 PM

Years of preparation in Minneapolis will all come down to this weekend when the Final Four tips off at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Organizers are promising lots of free and family-friendly activities downtown for basketballs fans and Minnesotans. They realize it is more than just catering to those who go to the games.


"Ultimately it's about putting on a great event for the city and for the group that's coming in," said Kristen Montag, with Meet Minneapolis. 

Montag says the Final Four will bring in 94,000 visitors. 

"That's what we really look forward to, is having the visitors check out Minneapolis and really find out what we're all about," Montag said. 

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Inside the Minneapolis Convention Center, crews are setting up for Fan Fest, which is free for kids 12 and under and  $10 for adults. It includes interactive games, autograph signings and the ability to take a picture with the championship trophy. 

Plus it's not all basketball.

"Sports bonanza," said Maggie Habashy, with the Minneapolis Final Four Local Organizing Committee. "If you're even remotely interested in sports this is where you want to be."

On Nicollet Mall is the Tip-Off Tailgate. All activities are free, including trivia, dance offs and Ferris wheel rides. 

If you want to see inside U.S. Bank Stadium, there's the Reese's Final Four Friday. At no cost, you can watch the four teams practice, and see the college all-star game.

So, if you don't have a ticket to the games, organizers stress there are plenty of fun, affordable options. 

"It's an inclusive event, we want everyone whether they're visiting from out of state or our people right here to feel like this is their Final Four."

Events are open to the public starting on Friday.


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