U.S. Bank Stadium will transform from an NFL stadium to the center of the college basketball world. Starting April 5, fans with or without tickets can check out many free and inexpensive events in downtown Minneapolis, capped by the semifinal and championship games April 6 and 8.
Final Four Fan Fest Presented by Capital One at the Minneapolis Convention Center: As you take your first steps through the Minneapolis Convention Center doors, you’ll be greeted by a sports wonderland of interactive games, special celebrity and athlete appearances, autograph signings, a rock-climbing wall and much more! Kids 12 and under attend free, along with Capital One Cardholders, who receive complimentary entry for two to Final Four Fan Fest. Adults are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Open April 5-8. www.ncaa.com/final-four/fan-fest#overview
Tip-Off Tailgate on Nicollet: Fans can enjoy daily entertainment and other free activities on Nicollet in the heart of downtown Minneapolis from April 5-8 including a Ferris wheel, a main stage with free entertainment and sample food and beverages. Free. www.ncaa.com/final-four/tip-off-tailgate
Reese’s Final Four Friday: Check out each of the Final Four teams in their final open practice before Saturday’s national semifinal games. Be sure to stick around for the Reese’s College All-Star Game in the afternoon, autographs and more inside U.S. Bank Stadium. Free. April 5. www.ncaa.com/reeses-final-four-friday
Final Four Dribble Presented by Buick: Youth ages 18 and under are invited to participate in this unique parade, joining thousands of fans dribbling their way through the heart of downtown Minneapolis. First 3,000 to sign up get a free shirt, basketball and entry to the Fan Fest. Free and pre-registration recommended. April 7.
March Madness Music Series at The Armory: This three-day music series delights fans with some of the biggest names in music. It’s a free event with preregistration required. Katy Perry and Zedd will close out the series on the final night. April 5-7. www.ncaa.com/final-four/ncaa-march-madness-music-festival
Minneapolis Final Four Info: Plan your weekend, learn how to get around and get the inside scoop on all things Minneapolis with www.minneapolis.org/final-four.