INDIANAPOLIS -- Texas A&M, Stanford, Notre Dame and Connecticut were officially welcomed to Indianapolis on Friday evening with a Cirque du Salute event at the Indiana Convention center.

Cirque Dreams performers entertained the crowd as fans waited for the four teams to walk a red carpet into the venue, and acrobats performed to open and close the evening’s festivities.

Each team had a key player and head coach interviewed during the fan event. Texas A&M senior guard Sydney Colson was the first to speak, followed by her head coach, Gary Blair. Stanford senior guard Jeannette Pohlen was the student-athlete representative for the Cardinal, with Indiana University graduate and Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer up next. VanDerveer reminisced about eight-game seasons during her playing career with the Hoosiers in the early 1970s.

Notre Dame kicked off the second half of the team introductions with Valparaiso, Ind., native Becca Bruszewski speaking for the student-athletes followed by head coach Muffet McGraw. The interview portion of the evening concluded with UConn senior All-American Maya Moore and Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma.

The teams have a full day of press conferences and practices scheduled on Saturday, leading into Sunday's semifinal games. Texas A&M and Stanford will play first at 7 p.m. ET, followed by UConn vs. Notre Dame. Connecticut is aiming for a third consecutive NCAA Championship.