Saturday full of events in Indy
From 4Kay Run to Tourney Town, plenty to do at Final Four
Saturday was full of events for fans at the Women’s Final Four in Indianapolis.
The day started with the 4Kay Run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in which participants ran a lap around the historic race track. The 4Kay is held in honor of the late North Carolina State head women’s basketball coach Kay Yow. Proceeds benefit cancer research through the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
At Conseco Fieldhouse, a group of local students participated in the Junior Journalism Workshop, enjoying full media access to press conferences and locker rooms, asking questions, interviewing student-athletes and learning about how journalists covering the Women’s Final Four do their jobs.
All four participating teams, Stanford, Texas A&M, Connecticut and Notre Dame, had hour-long open practices at Conseco with pep bands and cheerleaders in attendance. Teams participated in autograph sessions on the arena concourse around their practice and press conference responsibilities. Fans were able to watch the teams practice and filled most of the lower bowl of the Fieldhouse for much of the day.
All four pep bands and cheer squads participated in a “Battle of the Bands” between the final practice of the day and the High School All-American game. The Stanford band came out on top in the fan-voted competition.
Back at the Indiana Convention Center, Tourney Town was in full swing with plenty of fan participation activities included in the large convention center space. The day at Tourney Town concluded with a concert by national recording artist Kellie Pickler on centerstage in Tourney Town.
Tourney Town activities continue through 6 p.m. Sunday, with the first National Semifinal game, featuring Stanford and Texas A&M, tipping off at 7 p.m., followed by two-time defending NCAA champion Connecticut against Big East foe Notre Dame.