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Detroit Gears Up for a Sports Spectacular with the NCAA Midwest Regional Final

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DETROIT, March 26, 2023 ~ The Motor City is revving up for a sports enthusiast’s dream as the NCAA Midwest Regional Final prepares to take center stage at Little Caesars Arena.

With March Madness in full swing, teams including Purdue, Gonzaga, Tennessee, and Creighton are set to battle it out this Friday through Sunday, and fans are clamoring for a piece of the action. “The atmosphere is electric, and tickets are in high demand,” said Terry Rhadigan, chair of the Detroit Sports Commission, during his interview today on “‘JR Afternoon with Chris Renwick.”


March 26, 2024 ~ Detroit Sports Commission Chair Terry Rhadigan talks with Chris Renwick about the March Madness excitement that’s coming to Little Caesars Arena this weekend. Listen as Terry previews for us the action both on and off the hardwood, as the city gets a test run for the moments that are about to come. On deck: Tigers Opening Day, a potential Red Wings playoff run, the 2024 NFL Draft, and the 2027 NCAA March Madness Final Four.

(CONTINUED) This prestigious weekend, known for its nail-biting games and Cinderella stories, is not just a boon for basketball aficionados, but also a crucial test run for Detroit. As the city prepares to host the 2027 NCAA Final Four, the Midwest Regional Final offers invaluable lessons for the organizers. Rhadigan also shared with Chris the palpable excitement surrounding the NFL Draft, which is poised to bring an additional surge of fans to the city in just 30 days.

Make sure to tune in this Friday, March 29 to “SportsWrap with Lomas Brown and Anthony Bellino” as they broadcast live from Little Caesars Arena in advance of the NCAA Midwest Regional Final. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. on 760 WJR.