Women’s Final Four events tip off Friday

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 1,2016)- Basketball fans are set to take over Indianapolis April 1-5.

The Women’s Final Four tips-off Sunday, April 3 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

This marks the third time Indy has hosted the event. New this year, the women’s Division II and Division III championship games will also be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The 12 teams started their first full night in town with a welcome party at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Although most of the excitement is downtown, the Indiana Sports Corp wanted to show the ladies and their families one of the city's most prized possessions.

"What says more about what we are in Indiana than the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And it's really a unique opportunity for these student athletes to visit one of our iconic locations and especially this year with the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 what a great year for them to be here," Jane Jankowski said.

The Salute event included a drive around the track escorted by a pace car and a stop for a team photo at the yard of bricks. Fans lined the red carpet from the track to the Pagoda to show a warm Hoosier welcome to the women who fought hard to make it to the final four.

The excitement off the court kicks off Friday night at the Convention Center with a free “Tipoff Party” starting at 7. National recording artists Salt-N-Pepa will perform at 9 p.m. Former Ben Davis standout and one-time Indiana Fever player Shyra Ely-Gash is hosting the “Hoops Meets Heels Fashion Show” at 8 p.m. as part of the event.

“It's kind of full circle to play in the final four and come back and be an ambassador for the event and just share my vision of fashion and basketball," Ely-Gash said.

Saturday morning is the “4Kay Run” benefiting the Kay Yow cancer fun. Yow coached women’s basketball for 38 years and is one of only 700 Division I coaches to win 700 career games. She lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009.

Click here to sign-up for the race.

The Final Four Bounce is Saturday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Participants will bounce, dribble, and jump from the arena over to Tourney Town at the Convention Center. The first 2,000 people to sign-up for the free event will get a free basketball and t-shirt.