Final Four fun begins with Fan Fest

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The games are scheduled to start Saturday night but the Final Four was well underway Friday. Fan Fest opened at noon to kick off the weekend at the Indiana Convention Center.

After weeks of planning and an eight hour drive, the Qorpus family is finally here. They’re soaking in Fan Fest and rooting for the Jay Hawks, except for dad.

“Maybe I’ll go for Duke,” joked Mr. Qorpus. His son is rooting for Kentucky. “If he’s rooting for Kentucky, I’ll go for Duke.”

They can all agree on one thing: they’re glad the drive from Toronto is over.

Saturday they’ll be at Lucas Oil Stadium for the games, but Friday it was all about shooting some hoops at the convention center.

Jackson Clapp didn’t have to drive eight hours to do that. He came in from New Castle with his friend, Cole.

“It’s pretty awesome to be able to come here and enjoy this experience,” Jackson said.

Plenty of Kentucky blue was at the fest, but the Boilermakers were also represented. Mark Gribben of Indianapolis was first in line to get coach Matt Painter’s autograph.

“I’ve been a Purdue fan forever. I love Purdue,” he said. “I just had to get his autograph.”

The Fan Fest will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday. 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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