UPDATE: The Spartans spent their first full day in Minneapolis today.
As the team gears up for the weekend, so are more than 90,000 people who have already crowded into the Twin Cities.
The Minneapolis Final Four local organizing committee estimates that the tournament will pump almost $150 million into the local economy.
Retailers say the biggest day will likely be during the “Fan Fest” event tomorrow.
“We happen to be right in the middle of the fan fest, which will start tomorrow, which is when most of the crowd arrives, hotels are booked through the weekend, I’m sure the restaurants are booked through the weekend, it brings a lot of money to the city, right it’s mostly the local people and we are off to a great start,” said Arthur Fraiser, a locl merchandiser.
ORIGINAL STORY: Minneapolois is the home to the Final Four this year and there were a lot of fun activities taking place other than the game inside the stadium.
“It is crazy seeing everything change, all of the decorations and the party stuff, food and drinking getting lined up. We came down early to check it out, I think its going to be a mad house,” said local resident Ross Meisner
The Twin Cities has a lot of offer including the Tipoff Tailgate which starts tomorrow. Tipoff Tailgate is an interactive experience with multiple photo opportunities for fans.
Fans can also enjoy a 3D Bracket, concerts, food, drinks, a ferris wheel and many other activities.
With over 100,000 people expected to visit the event over the weekend, it is definitely a sight to see and memorable experience for fans.
“This is great, I work downtown here and I love what we did for the super bowl, what we are doing for the final four, it makes downtown so much fun. There is so much going on with concerts and a ferriswheel and lots of stuff,” said MSU fan John.