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Final Four weekend will be a busy one

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Indianapolis, IN (January 20, 2015) – The first weekend in April is shaping up to be a very busy one as Indianapolis prepares to host its 7th NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Members of the Indianapolis host committee and NCAA executives unveiled events surrounding the games Tuesday. Things get started Friday, April 3 when fans can watch the four teams hold open practice at Lucas Oil Stadium. That same day, the Final Four Fan Fest opens at the Indiana Convention Center. Known as Bracket Town in 2010, the Fan Fest promises to offer just about anything a college basketball fan could want. Interactive displays, and autograph sessions with college basketball legends will be available during the four-day run of the Fan Fest.

The March Madness Music Festival will bring in top musical acts to perform at Military Park over three days. Past performers include Bruce Springsteen, Dave Mathews Band, Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffet and more. The lineup for this year’s festival will be announced next month.

Other events surrounding the Final Four weekend include youth basketball clinics in different locations around the city. The Reese’s College All-Star game on Friday afternoon is free to the public.

On Saturday morning, runners will line up for the Road to the Final Four 5-K race.

On Sunday afternoon, more than 3,000 children will be able to sign up to receive a free basketball and dribble it through downtown. The Final Four Dribble was moved to the afternoon to give families time to enjoy Easter morning services and celebrations.

The NCAA will also be working with local youth on a program called Community 101. The program helps to teach young people how to get involved with public service projects that impact their own neighborhoods.

Hoosier basketball hero and current Butler Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, Damon Bailey didn’t try to hide his excitement about the weekend.

“I truly believe that this is the greatest tournament in the world,” Bailey said. “And for the Final Four to be here in the city of Indianapolis, you couldn’t have a better partnership.”

Indiana Sports Corp Senior Vice President for Strategy and Operations, Susan Baughman, said the Final Four weekend is expected to be the largest tourism event of 2015 so far.

“We expect 70,000 tickets to be sold,” Baughman said. “And for the economic impact, I think it’s a conservative study, it’s direct spending from visitors. And that’s calculated at 70.8 million.”

The Men’s Semifinal games will be played on the evening of Saturday, April 4. The National Championship game will be played Monday night, April 6.

Full details, including ticket information can be found on the NCAA’s website:

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