Minneapolis preparing for safe, fun Final Four

Routine work ramps up

While this type of work is typically invisible, several City of Minneapolis departments are preparing on a larger scale for residents and visitors alike to enjoy a safe and fun Final Four. The 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four puts Minneapolis on the national stage, spotlighting all of the city’s outstanding amenities. The City will be focused on public safety and keeping residents, business and visitors informed about traffic impacts and other critical information. Visit minneapolismn.gov/FinalFour for more information.

Public safety

·         The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) has created a plan in close coordination with other law enforcement agencies and partners in the private and public sectors for the safety and security of residents and visitors.

·         In addition to ensuring a safe and fun event, MPD will also investigate counterfeit tickets and merchandise.

·         The Minneapolis Fire Department is always prepared for an emergency response and will be supporting the Tip Off Tailgate event on Nicollet in addition to working closely with its Hennepin Healthcare emergency medical services partners.

·         The Minneapolis Emergency Operations Center will be stood up during the events. Various departments around the City enterprise will come together under the leadership of the Office of Emergency Management to support the event and also be ready for any emergencies.

·         The Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center – 911 – supports first responders in the Police Department and Fire Department, and with an influx of other police in town they’ve been planning for months to make sure all the communications work as they should.

·         The Minneapolis Communications Department is standing up a Joint Information Center to coordinate resources from federal, state and local agencies and get the right information to the right people at the right time.

·         The Minneapolis Health Department is planning and implementing protocols for food safety and food defense. Around these events, inspectors are monitoring food preparation and distribution to take any corrective action needed on the spot. With technical support from the Food and Drug Administration, the City Health Department is following food safety and defense processes used for the Olympics, presidential inaugurations and summits of leading industrial nations (the G-7).

·         Community Planning and Economic Development’s building inspectors are working to monitor temporary structures for safety, Americans with Disabilities Act access, and structural integrity.


·         Public Works has been working with event stakeholders on a transportation management plan to ensure successful events while minimizing impacts on traffic, all while preparing for inclement weather. They will also be in the field monitoring what’s going on and making adjustments in real time.

·         Public Works also coordinates with Metro Transit, MnDOT and other transportation agencies for a seamless customer experience.

·         During the events, residents and visitors will see traffic control agents from Regulatory Services in the streets in any weather helping make sure everyone – pedestrians, bicyclists, riders, drivers – is safe and gets where they need to go.

Licenses and permits

·         Regulatory Services permits pyrotechnics for the concerts, tents and heating. They make sure emergency exits are clear, egress routes are maintained and loads in buildings are within capacity.

·         Community Planning and Economic Development issued event-related liquor licenses for Nicollet Mall.

·         The Health Department issues permits for amplified sound and makes sure requirements are followed.

Support departments

Information Technology, the City Attorney’s Office, Finance and Human Resources provide necessary support to ensure that the rest of the enterprise can do its work.

April 5, 2019

Published Apr 5, 2019



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