Downtown Minneapolis Women’s Final Four Fan Pack – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The national spotlight was on Minneapolis this weekend, as the NCAA Women’s Final Four brought not just basketball, but all events with it.

“To be able to support women’s sport in this way is so phenomenal,” said Ellie Mullen of St. Cloud. “And being able to celebrate after two years of everyone sitting at home is super cool.”

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Fans lined the red carpet outside the Target Center on Sunday ahead of the national championship, hoping to catch a glimpse of the teams heading to the arena.
Maddie Bogenreif, 9, came early to see UConn star and Hopkins High School graduate Paige Bueckers pass by.

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The championship game marked the culmination of a weekend filled with Final Four events. Target Center assistant general manager Amy Rahja said Sunday night’s game would have more than 18,000 fans in the building.

“It’s exciting,” Rahja said. “It’s so nice to see the community being shown on a national level, and everyone seeing how wonderful Minneapolis is, seeing people come back downtown and experience the city.”

Mother-daughter duo Colleen and Denise Grayson have competed in nine Final Four Women’s Championships together.

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“We went to the first one and it was awesome,” said Denise, from California. “We like to see a different city every time and good basketball.”

David H. Henry