Want to see the Final Four in person? You could win tickets to see the games.
U.S. Bank Stadium is hosting the 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four
In April, U.S. Bank Stadium will go from field turf to hardwood as the $1.1-billion home of the Minnesota Vikings hosts the 2019 NCAA men’s Final Four.
Men’s college basketball’s premiere national tournament culminates in Minneapolis this year. U.S. Bank Stadium will be the battleground for the four remaining March Madness teams. The semifinal game is April 6 and the final is April 8, where the national champion will be crowned.
Two games, two tickets each
Two lucky people from our area won’t be scrambling for tickets or watching the games on TV this year—they’ll be seeing them live at the stadium. Arvig has tickets to give away—two to the semi-final game on April 6, and two to the final game on April 8. Winners also receive private car parking, a gourmet pre-game luncheon, a fully stocked open bar, access to a large-screen TV in the facility and a post-game buffet with cocktails. Recipients of the tickets will hear from guest celebrity speakers and receive a Memento of the Day and programs.
Enter at arvig.com/enter for a chance to win.
This will be the fourth time Minneapolis has hosted the Final Four, but the first for the new stadium. Since opening in 2016, the downtown venue has hosted many big-ticket sporting events, including Super Bowl LII and the 2018 X Games.
Making room for the Big Dance
The normally 66,000-seat stadium will be expanded with seating down to courtside to accommodate an estimated crowd of 72,000 attendees. That would top the 67,600 who came to the Super Bowl in 2018. The Final Four is also expected to require the help of about 2,000 volunteers.
About half of the total seats in the venue—more than 34,000—are in the lower bowl. With the way seating is being arranged, it will be hard to miss what’s happening on the court, with good views expected from just about everywhere in the building. In addition, fans will be able to catch the action on about 2,400 high-definition screens.
Minneapolis beat out a handful of other major cities to host the 2019 Final Four. The city was selected in 2014, among finalists including Atlanta, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Phoenix, San Antonio, St. Louis and north Texas, according to a press release from Meet Minneapolis.
The last time Minnesota hosted a NCAA men’s basketball tournament was 2001 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Previous to that, the Metrodome hosted the games in 1992.