Final Four event organizers stress inclusiveness

FILE- In this March 16, 2015, file photo, workers add team names to a 2015 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament bracket that is displayed on the side of the JW Marriott in Indianapolis. With the Final Four a week away from shining a spotlight on Indianapolis, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday, March 26, that the governing body for college sports is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Local Final Four event planners are sending a message to potential visitors: everyone’s invited.

Indiana Sports Corp is helping organize the March Madness Music Festival and other events. Their Vice President of Communications John Dedman said people have contacted Indiana Sports Corp to ask how the Religious Freedom Restoration Act could affect them this weekend.

Indiana Sports Corp told those potential visitors that the law doesn’t take effect until this summer, and that Indianapolis is a welcoming city.

“I think as a community we’re trying to focus our efforts on showing how inclusive our community can be,” Dedman said. “So that’s really our focus for this event and moving forward as well.”

NCAA employees are already checking in at the JW Marriott–the NCAA Headquarters hotel where many NCAA employees, sponsors and fans are staying.

General Manager Phil Ray is expecting record attendance at the hotel restaurant. He’s not expecting the bill to change that.

“We’re pretty confident that our Hoosier Hospitality will come through loud and clear as it always has, and everyone that will come here is going to have a great time,” he said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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