Photos: Mass Street Madness

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Last updated at 12:45 p.m. Saturday:

Mass Street shoppers, visitors and regulars were beginning to take advantage of the wide open street closed to vehicle traffic Saturday morning ahead of KU’s Final Four game against Villanova.

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The festivities of Mass Street Madness were set to continue through 3 p.m.; tipoff is at 5:09 p.m.

Several downtown businesses plan to host watch parties. The doors of Allen Fieldhouse, too, were set to open at 4 p.m. for a free watch party, and concessions will be available, according to KU.

In case you missed it, here’s a look at Mass Street early Saturday morning — calm before the chaos.

Christina Craig / The Lawrence Times Shawn Scott takes a photo of Alaia with a Jayhawk in the middle of the intersection of Seventh and Mass streets, April 2, 2022 ahead of KU’s Final Four game. Scott flew in from Chicago to be in Lawrence for the weekend.
Christina Craig / The Lawrence Times Prim and proper Alaia poses for a photo with the Jayhawk statue in the middle of Mass Street.
Christina Craig / The Lawrence Times
Christina Craig / The Lawrence Times Jayhawks fans browse sidewalk sales outside Jocks Nitch.
Christina Craig / The Lawrence Times
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Afternoon update:

Mark Potts / Contributed Photo More folks started to fill up Mass Street ahead of the Final Four game, Saturday afternoon, April 2, 2022.
Mark Potts / Contributed Photo A crowd gathers to watch a performer during Mass Street Madness on Saturday afternoon.
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