MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – People are pumped for the NCAA Final Four to come to Minneapolis for its fourth time.
This year, the city will be transformed for the big weekend with a familiar tailgate area, Ferris wheel and first-rate musical performances by The Chainsmokers, The Jonas Brothers and Katy Perry.
But the weekend could not go smoothly without the help of 2,000 volunteers.
About 1,000 of them came to the Williams Arena on Sunday to get their bearings.
"The real recipe for the success of this NCAA Final Four is all about you," Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey told the audience.
During the gaming weekend, volunteers will be dispersed throughout the city on the main streets, the airport and on the road to help visitors find their way.
While some volunteers arrive from Omaha Nebraska, others are closer to the Twin Cities.
"I'm from Rushford, Minnesota," said Sonja Cook.
"I'm from Eyota, Minnesota," Su Spafford said.
For both of them, signing up was child's play as this is not their first round.
"I did the Super Bowl and I had so much fun, I decided again a great experience to show Minnesota," said Spafford.
"I volunteered for the Super Bowl and had a great experience. Funny to see everything and meet all the people and be part of the action," said Cook.
With a quick demonstration of the hands, it seemed that the vast majority of the volunteer crowd volunteered for the big soccer game last year.
For many, hosting sporting events is not just fun and games, it's a chance for Minnesota to be the protagonist.
"It shows people that Minnesota is not just flying over the land. We have so much to offer," said Cook.
"It really shows Minnesota and what we have. Not only in our area of the Twin Cities, but it reflects the entire state," said Spafford.
The Final Four weekend will be from Saturday 6 April to Monday 8 April.
For more information on the weekend and how to participate, click here.