NewsPublic Affairs / March 31, 2014

Midwest Regional A Tune Up For 2015 Final Four

Sam Klemet

The Kentucky Wildcats punched their ticket to the Final Four with a win over Michigan, Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Next year, college basketball’s biggest stage comes to Indianapolis.  

Forty thousand people converged on Lucas Oil Stadium both Friday and Sunday for the Midwest Regional of the NCAA's men's basketball tournament, with thousands of more watching games around downtown.

Almost double that is expected for the Final Four.

"The set up will be more than 70,000 for each of the sessions," said John Dedman of Indiana Sports Corp. 

He says the city is using this past weekend to build momentum toward the 2015 Final Four that will also be hosted at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"The NCAA does like for future Final Four host cities to host either a second or a third round or Regional in the year preceding the event because it helps with the planning," said Dedman.  "It helps you familiarize yourself with the building and a lot of the procedures and just kind of having a running start in the year leading up to the Final Four."

"It can only help us as we do our planning around transportation plans and box office windows and the number of tickets at will call and all of these little aspects the event that in some cases are crowd specific to make sure that we have the plans in place, the preparation time, and the staffing," said Dedman.