All you need to know about the Final Four (even if you do not go to games)


From free activities to ticket prices, to simple browsing, here's what you need to know, with Minneapolis being the host of the Final Four.

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Free fun

Tilting tailgate: Free events along the Nicollet Mall from Friday to Monday. Concerts on the main stage at 11th Street. The Belladivas will be on Friday at 7:30 pm. and Fitz and Tantrums Monday at 6 pm Check out the schedule here.

March Madness Music Series at the Armory: Chainsmokers headline Friday, Saturday's Jonas Brothers and Katy Perry on Sunday. Fans have been asked to pre-register for concert passes at the Armory and all passes have now disappeared. Click here for more information.

Friday FourSee the four teams training at US Bank Stadium, starting with Auburn at 11 am, Virginia at noon and Texas Tech at 1 pm. and Michigan State at 14 hours. More info here.

Free for children 12 and under and Capitol One card holders (if not $ 10):

Final Four Fan Fest: Interactive games, appearances of celebrities and athletes, autograph dedications.
Click here for the overall view of the event

When are the games and who plays?

A sign for the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Final four at Nicollet Mall.
A sign for the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Final four will be held on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis on March 29, 2019.

Half finals: Saturday – Virginia n ° 1 c. Auburn No. 5 at 5:09 pm, Michigan State No. 2 c. Texas Tech # 3 at 19:49. at the US bank stadium.

Championship match: The winners of the semi-finals play at 20h at the US bank stadium.

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Ticket prices

Hundreds of tickets are available on various secondary markets, where prices fluctuate. Wednesday afternoon, a pair of semifinal places in the upper deck was available for $ 105 each on a site. But the next cheapest places were almost three times more expensive.

• Related: NCAA partners with PRIMESPORT ticket exchange

StubHub, SeatGeek and TicketKing are other resale sites.

How to watch

If you do not have a ticket, you can watch the semifinals on CBS. You can search for your local channels here.

If you do not have an antenna, you also have several streaming options, including the NCAA March Madness Live app, downloadable on your phone or on a TV tool such as Roku, Playstation Vue or Amazon Fire TV Stick. .

Or, for a fee, you can stream the games live via CBS All Access.


Roads around the stadium and Nicollet Mall will be closed in downtown Minneapolis. MetroTransit has also created a page containing detailed information on daily detours for people facing the event.

Where to stay

Good luck trying to find a hotel room near the US bank stadium. A popular hotel booking site shows nothing available in downtown Minneapolis from Friday to Tuesday and in the big city twinned cities with 82% of bookings. Since Wednesday afternoon, many hotels and motels in the suburbs seem to have only a few rooms available, starting at $ 100 a night.

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