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 include The Wild Feathers, Eli Young Band, and Jason Aldean on Friday, The Killers and Tim McGraw on Saturday, and Pat Green, fun., and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on Sunday. 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.
Free for youth in grades 3 to 8
Saturday, April 5 - 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Elzie Odom Athletic Center
1601 NE Green Oaks Boulevard
Arlington, Texas 76006
Registration Capacity - 250 participants
Grades 3-6 only
University Recreation Center (Texas Christian)
3005 Stadium Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76129
Registration Capacity - 250 participants
Duncanville High School
900 W Camp Wisdom Road
Duncanville, Texas 75116
Registration Capacity - 400 participants
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.
The Final Four Dribble refreshed by Coca-Cola gives 3,200 kids the chance to DRIBBLE their way through the heart of downtown Dallas during the weekend of the 2014 NCAA Men's Final Four. Youth will dribble from Dallas City Hall Plaza to Hall C of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to commemorate the 2014 Men's Final Four. Participating youth will receive a T-shirt, basketball and free entry into Bracket Town presented by Capital One (on event day only). The event is free, but participants mustpreregister at this link.
For access to the Coca-Cola VIP Registration, please visit your local Walmart and look for the Coke display to access the event code.
Sunday, April 6
9:30 a.m. Registration
11:30 a.m. Dribble Begins
Free for youth 18 and under
Start: Dallas City Hall Plaza
Finish: Hall C of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
A fun run through the streets of Fair Park benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. Register for the 5K at this link.
Saturday, April 5
Location: Fair Park Dallas, Texas
7:15 a.m. Onsite registration and packet pick-up begins
8:30 a.m. Race begins
Early Packet Pickup will be available at the following location during the following dates/times:
Luke's Locker Dallas
3046 Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, Texas 75205
April 3 -- 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
April 4 -- 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
$20 walk/run untimed pre-registration
$25 walk/run timed pre-registration
$25 walk/run untimed onsite
$30 walk/run timed onsite
Parking: Free parking will be available at Fair Park in lots 6 and 7 prior to 8 a.m.
DART: Participants can ride the DART Rail Green Line to the Fair Park Station located at Parry Avenue and Exposition Avenue. Click here for more information.
Shuttle to/from Downtown: Participants can check back in late March for shuttle route and schedule information as it becomes available.
BRACKET TOWN SPECIAL DISCOUNT
Runners, walkers and basketball fans who register to participate in the event can use their race bib for $2 off admission to Bracket Town presented by Capital One on the day of the race.
NOTE: The 5K will take place rain or shine and no refunds will be given.
- 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.