Indy’s downtown ready for tonight’s Sweet 16

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Mar. 28, 2014) — Indianapolis and its bustling downtown are ready to host, and benefit from, Friday night’s Sweet 16 matchups.

Kentucky and Louisville tip off at 9:45 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium, after the Tennessee v. Michigan game at 7:15 p.m.

Indiana Sports Corp’s John Dedman expects a packed house–40,000 people–leading to an exciting atmosphere at the game and in the downtown area in general.

“The great thing about these events in Indianapolis is we really hope that not only the visitor experience for people coming from out of town, but also the local experience, is great,” Dedman said.  “So if you have a ticket to the two games, come down early and enjoy some food and drink beforehand.  [I]f you don’t have a ticket and want to be a part of the excitement, come down and kinda hang out with fellow fans and just get ready for what’s going to be a great weekend here in Indianapolis.”

The winners of Friday night’s game tip off in the Elite Eight on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

In between, the state’s high school basketball championships are scheduled for Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

“We’ve got four high school championship games over at Bankers Life Fieldhouse throughout the day on Saturday that a lot of people will make their way over to,” Dedman said.  “It’s going to be a great environment downtown because a lot of those restaurants and bars and the shopping mall, the attractions [and] the museums will be packed throughout the day Saturday as well.”