Lucas Oil Stadium ready to host NCAA Midwest Regionals
Thousands of college basketball fans are making their way to Indianapolis for the Midwest Regional of the Men's NCAA tournament.
Fans had the chance to see the teams in action for practice Thursday.
Crews have been putting the finishing touches on Lucas Oil Stadium, turning the home of the Colts into the home of the NCAA Men's Midwest Regionals. The south end zone is now the hardwood that will advance a potential champion to next weekend's Final Four in Atlanta.
As many as 36-thousand fans will have tickets to see the action this weekend. But today, you can watch each team practice. And it doesn't cost a thing.
John Dedman, VP of Communications for the Indiana Sports Corporation, one of the organizers for the tournament, describes the practice sessions as, "A very laid back atmosphere where the teams really get accustomed to the court here and get to have some fun."
Fans get free admission to the practices, which start at noon.
Dedman recommends arriving just before the practices start. "There's no reason to come really, really early. There should be plenty of seats for each of the four teams," he adds.
Some of the thousands of ticket-holding fans are expected to arrive in Indianapolis early enough to see the practices.
Here is the order the teams will practice:
Noon-12:50 p.m. Oregon
1-1:50 p.m. Michigan State
2:10-3 p.m. Louisville
3:10-4 p.m. Duke
Other events will be taking place on Georgia Street this weekend; but organizers say the practice sessions are the biggest chance for fans to take part in the tourney without a ticket.