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NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four

The 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four will put Minneapolis on the national stage and spotlight all of the city’s outstanding amenities. The City will focus on ensuring a safe, welcoming experience and something that the visitors, residents and businesses in all 13 wards can enjoy. Minneapolis is a world-class city, and we are working hard to execute a world-class event.

Where are the Final Four events?

How can residents enjoy the festivities even if they aren't going to the games?

  • There will be many opportunities for City residents to enjoy the excitement generated by the Final Four even if they don’t have a ticket to the games. The 4-day festival will have a range of events in the city and across the region for people to enjoy, including many family-friendly events. Visit finalfourminneapolis.com for more information.

What is the City's role?

  • The NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four has presented the opportunity to work collaboratively with our community to showcase the city and our metro region.
  • The City’s role is vital to ensuring the public safety, infrastructure and communications necessary to execute the Final Four, both the games and the events and festivities surrounding the games. This includes 311, 911, business licensing, communications, convention center, emergency management, fire, law enforcement, public information, public works, traffic control, food safety and inspections.
  • The City will be principally focused on public safety and communicating to residents, visitors and businesses about traffic impacts, weather information and more during the event.

How is the City preparing?

  • City leaders are working diligently to coordinate and prepare for this major event. They are working with the Minneapolis Local Organizing Committee, the NCAA and their contractors to properly plan to make sure the events are executed flawlessly. The City will also be prepared to respond if things do not go as planned.
  • In February 2018, Minneapolis hosted Super Bowl LII.
  • Minneapolis hosted the summer X Games July 13-16, 2017, July 19-22, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium and The Commons Park.
  • The Republican National Convention was held in Saint Paul and Minneapolis in 2008.
  • The MLB All-Star Game was held in Minneapolis at Target Field in 2014.
  • The annual Twin Cities Marathon begins in Minneapolis, attracting tens of thousands of runners and spectators.

What is the estimated attendance, and how many hotel rooms does Minneapolis have?

  • The Final Four is expected to draw 90,000 visitors to the Twin Cities region. Currently there are more than 8,000 total hotel rooms in Minneapolis.

Are there any changes to city services because of the Final Four?

  • We expect to remain up and running, and most services should not be impacted. City Services such as trash, recycling and organics collection will be on normal schedules during this time.

My car was towed. Where did it go?

  • If your car was towed by the City of Minneapolis (e.g., street parking, in a City-owned ramp), your vehicle is at the Minneapolis Impound lot. Search to find your car online. Online Vehicle Search. If you were parked on private property or in a private parking lot, check with the parking lot operator.

Can I use a drone or unmanned aircraft?

  • Drones and other unmanned aircrafts are prohibited from taking off or landing within a designated special event zone (PDF) during the following dates unless a permit has been obtained from the City of Minneapolis:
    • April 3-10, 2019 (before and during Final Four)
  • All unmanned aircrafts operating in the city must comply with all applicable federal statutes and FAA regulations. Anyone that obtains a permit from the City must have a copy of their approved permit with them when using a drone in the special event zone during these dates.

Where can I tailgate?

  • Check with individual surface parking lot owners and operators to find out if game-day tailgating will be allowed. If tailgating activities are allowed, certain requirements must be followed.

Can I rent out my home to visitors?

  • Every rental dwelling, including single-family rental dwellings and rental units in owner-occupied duplexes, and rooming and shared-bath units (unless they are in a licensed lodging house) must have a rental license. Learn more about short-term rental registration

What should I do if a friend or family member is arrested?

How do I file a report against an irreputable taxi/ride share driver?

I was in a car accident. How do I file a police report?

  • If the vehicle(s) can safely be driven, move to a safe area, exchange insurance information and notify your insurance company. A police report is not necessary for non-injury accidents; however, a State accident form must be completed if the damage to both vehicles is equal to or greater than $1,000. If the vehicle(s) cannot be safely driven, contact 311. If injuries are involved, call 911. State accident report forms are available online (PDF).

What is the non-emergency number for the City of Minneapolis?

  • Call the City at 311 or 612-673-3000.
  • In an emergency, call 911.

Last updated Apr 1, 2019

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