On Friday, planners will unveil event logo more than a year ahead of March Madness.

By Shannon Prather Star Tribune

DECEMBER 7, 2017

The Big Dance may still be more than a year off, but it’s time to get ready for March Madness, Minneapolis-style.

Preparations for the 2019 NCAA Final Four men’s basketball championship officially start Friday, when the Minneapolis Final Four Local Organizing Committee will unveil the logo for the tournament to be held at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Gov. Mark Dayton and Richard Pitino, the Gophers men’s basketball coach, are expected to attend Friday’s launch.

“The logo unveiling is the start of the drumbeat,” said Kate Mortenson, president and CEO of the nonprofit organizing committee. “The four days of the Final Four are the culmination of 10 months of activities.”