ARLINGTON - The Cowboys Stadium is the site of the South Regional semifinals.
The opening game Friday has regional top-seed Kansas facing Michigan's Wolverines with the nightclub match-up of Florida and surprising Florida Gulf Coast. The Eagles are this year's surprise team of the tournament after wins over Georgetown and San Diego State.
As basketball fans converged on North Texas for the "Sweet 16," the Omni Dallas Convention Center welcomed teams with a display of their logos in lights.
The first game starts at 6:37 p.m., with the second game starting 30 minutes after the completion of the first game. The winners will then match-up Sunday for a spot in the Final Four at the championship game on April 8 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
"We're going to have an unbelievable crowd here tonight," said Tony Fay, principal of Fay + Sawers Productions "... I think for North Texas, it means we're hungry for college basketball."
The last time North Texas hosted a regional finals was in 1994.
"We are one of the great sports regions in the country," Fay said. "And I think there is a pent up demand here for world class college basketball, which we have right here, right now."
The Cowboys Stadium will host the 2014 Final Four.
WFAA's Shon Gables contributed to this report