With the final four this weekend.
the badger basketball team is playing for a shot at
the national title.
But before they left for indianapolis they were met
by the badger faithful for quite a send off.
News 8's Mike Thompson is live in Indianapolis and
has more on their farewell.
and how a new law is impacting the city.
Good evening Martha from Indianapolis where you can
call it the calm before the storm...
The teams are just starting to arrive here in Indy.
that includes the Wisconsin Badgers who left Madison
after a rousing send-off earlier tonight at the Kohl
A crowd of about 5-thousand people was on hand to
wish the team well.
as they get ready to take on number one Kentucky this
Even though the rally was short.
fans still got to visit with the players and take
pictures with them before they left.
The event was free to the public.
And the City of Indianapolis is ready for the Badgers
and their fans..
They're rolling out the red carpet this week...
They're expecting 70-thousand plus fans here throughout
and they have lots of things planned for them to do
outside the game.
including a live concert with some big names and fan
Badger fans are well thought of here in Indy..
I think there's still that midwest mentality that
we are all famililar with so it;s kind of like we
feel at home with badger fans.
I mean again going back to the big ten with I-U here
in the city it's just that big ten mentality that
we love and welcome.
Now aside from all of the fan fare surrounding the
final four here in Indianapolis.
the city is preparing for protest and fallout from
the recently passed Religous Freedom Act in Indiana..
Supporters believe the new law will give them freedom
to deny services to people based on their religious
while critics say it's discriminatory.
it's the talk of the town...
We've worked decades to build a mentality and a brand
that is Hoosier hospitality and that is now a question
by many people across the country and from Indianapolis
perspective we are business as usual.
We are welcoming all fans and we are inclusive diverse
and we're ready for everyone that walks in the city.
And the four coaches in the final four released a
joint statement on the controversy today...
Each of us strongly supports the positions of the
NCAA and our respective institutions on this matter
that discrimination of any kind should not be tolerated.
As part of America's higher education system.
college basketball plays an important role in diversity.
fairness and inclusion.
and will continue to do so in the future.
We'll have to see how things shake out closer to game
day on this issue...
I'm Mike Thompson live in Indianapolis..
We'll here more from Gregg
and the team down in Indianapolis
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