The Men's NCAA Final Four will come to North Texas for the second time in its history this year, from April 4-7, 2014. But the weekend offers much more than the semifinal games (on Saturday, April 5) and championship (on Monday, April 7).
Here's a list of other featured events:
Friday, April 4 to Monday, April 7 at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas
An interactive indoor amusement park that includes youth clinics, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, musical performances, autograph sessions, are more. Tickets will go on sale Jan. 22, 2014.
Friday, April 4 to Sunday April 6 at Reunion Park (former site of Reunion Arena), Dallas
A free, three-day outdoor music festival held from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday. The musical acts will be announced in late February, but past performers have included Dave Mathews Band, Kenny Chesney, Sting, Jimmy Buffett, KISS, The Black Keys, Muse, Zac Brown Band, and Kings of Leon, among others. Admission is free, but first-come, first served.
Friday, April 4 at AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Each of the Final Four teams will go through an hour-long practice between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., then the College All-Star Game featuring the top senior student-athletes will follow. Both events are free.
Multiple Dates and Locations
SLANT, or Service Learning Adventures in North Texas, was created before Super Bowl XLV and its goal is to inspire youth to take up the challenge of improving their neighborhoods and communities. There will be a free SLANT Celebration during Final Four Friday at AT&T Stadium.
There will also be basketball youth clinics with instruction from NCAA coaches and student-athletes across North Texas. The locations are TCU in Fort Worth (Grades 3-6), the Elzie Odom Recreation Center in Arlington (Grades 3-8), and the Duncanville Field House in Dallas (Grades 3-8).
All SLANT events are free, but you must preregister at this link.
Sunday, April 6 at Location TBA
More than 3,000 kids will have the chance to dribble along a three-fourths-of-a-mile course through the heart of the Final Four activities. Participants will receive a free T-shirt, basketball, and entry to Bracket Town that day. The event is free, but participants must preregister at this link.
Saturday, April 5 in Fair Park, Dallas
A fun run through the streets of Fair Park benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. Register for the 5K at this link.
- Tip-Off Tailgate
Friday, April 4, Saturday, April 5, and Monday, April 7 at AT&T Stadium
Musical performances and interactive fan experiences will be open to the public on Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket holders for the semifinal and championship games are invited to a pregame fan experience on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Monday from 4 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.