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Thousands of fans pack downtown for Final Four festivities

April 05, 2019 10:51 PM

Final Four festivities kicked off on Friday, drawing thousands of people to downtown Minneapolis.

“Fantastic, this place is amazing,” said Kristen England, a Michigan State fan. “Everybody is having a good time.”

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He and his son Attila were dressed head to toe in green on Nicollet Mall. England, who lives in the Twin Cities, is a Michigan State alumni.

“We don’t usually see Spartans up in this area,” he said. “Michigan State, it’s the only team to cheer for.”

Fans from all of the teams had a way of finding each other, like Curt Langford and Chris Macon.

“What’s great is I didn't know this guy before,” said Langford, from Lubbock, Texas. “I just met him up the road but Red Raiders, we kind of hang together.”

Macon is from the Dallas area. They could not miss their team make its first Final Four appearance.

“It’s kind of historic if you're Texas Tech student or alumni,” Macon said


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“Minneapolis has been great, everyone has been a great host,” Langord said. “I thought we were friendly in west Texas, but they’re awfully friendly around here too.”

They soaked in the festivities from food trucks, the Ferris wheel and free concerts.

“I’m just happy to be here, enjoy the experience and have fun with other Auburn alumni,” Micaela Creighton said.

She just moved to the Twin Cities in the past year.

“The Auburn family, we're all going to be so supportive no matter what way it goes,” she said.

For Virginia fan Kenny Clash, “I hope we get a win, it looks like we’re on a roll right now.”

While he’s not at U.S. Bank Stadium, he plans to explore Minneapolis.

“We’re enjoying the town,” he said. 

Fans should be aware that roads around the stadium are closed. Nicollet Mall is shut down between South Eighth Street and South 12th Street.

Metro Transit has trains and buses heading to each of the venues. 

Skyway hours have been extended all weekend. On Saturday and Monday, it will be open until 1 a.m.

Clear bags are required for all Final Four events, including the Tip-Off Tailgate.

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