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Your Final Four Weekend Event Guide

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There are a wealth of great things to do in Atlanta for Final Four Weekend, not just the basketball games. There are great free or affordable events for all ages, ranging from concerts to youth clinics, and opportunities for you to meet basketball legends. You can go see free championship basketball games at Philips Arena, see Ludacris, Zac Brown Band, and Sting in concert, or run a 5k.  Here are just a sampling of all the fun things going on around town, including the games themselves.

NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Semifinals
Where: Georgia Dome
When: Saturday, April 6 – 6 p.m.
Cost: Buy tickets HERE
Schedule: #1 Louisville Cardinals vs #9 Wichita State Shockers – 6:05 p.m.; #4 Michigan Wolverines vs #4 Syracuse Orange – 8:49 p.m. (40 minutes  after Game 1 ends)
More info: http://www.ncaa.com/final-four#!event_news

NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Finals
Where: Georgia Dome
When: Monday, April 8 –  Time TBA
Cost: Buy tickets HERE
Schedule: Winner of #1 Louisville vs #9 Wichita State Shockers  vs Winner of #4 Michigan Wolverines vs #4 Syracuse Orange – Time TBD
More info: http://www.ncaa.com/final-four#!event_news

Final Four Friday
Where: Georgia Dome
When: Friday, April 5 – Doors open – 11 a.m., Noon – 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Schedule: Noon – 4 p.m. – Final Four Team Open Practices; 4 p.m. – Special Pre-Game Musical Performance by Gym Class Heroes; 5:07 p.m. – Reese’s College All-Star Game
Overview: Reese’s Final Four Friday is a free event for fans to come watch the student athletes from the 2013 Men’s NCAA Final Four teams participate in one of their final practices before the national semifinal games. Fans who attend will have the opportunity to hear from each head coach after their sessions and engage in on-court promotions. The day concludes with the Reese’s College All Star-Game tipping off at 5:07 p.m. ET.
More info: http://www.ncaa.com/final-four#!final_four_friday

Bracket Town™ Refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero™
Where: Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW – Atlanta, Ga. 30313
When: Friday, April 5 from Noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 7 from Noon to 8 p.m.; Monday, April 8 from Noon to 8 p.m.
Cost: Adults $10, Children $6
Overview:  Bracket Town is the Ultimate Final Four Fan Fest, offering more than 300,000 square feet of family-friendly activities. A budget-friendly, four-day indoor interactive event, Bracket Town targets basketball fans and fans of all NCAA sports by offering them a chance to meet legendary coaches and former college stars at exclusive autograph sessions, sign up for daily youth clinics, and participate in a host of sport activities ranging from basketball to lacrosse to hockey and more. The weekend also boasts a variety of unique entertainment including the annual “Battle of the Bands” featuring the bands and cheerleaders from the participating NCAA teams. Rounding out the weekend experience is the POWERADE® 3v3 basketball tournament, open to kids of all abilities and ages – from ages nine to 40+.
More Info: http://www.ncaa.com/final-four#!bracket_town

Big Dance Concert Series
Where: Centennial Olympic Park
When: Friday, April 5: 3 p.m. – AT&T Block Party; Saturday, April 6: Noon – Coca-Cola Zero Countdown; Sunday, April 7: 2 p.m. – Capital One JamFest
Cost: Free
Overview: The Big Dance® Concert Series is a free-to-the-public, non-ticketed, three-day outdoor concert series in celebration of the NCAA® Men’s Final Four ® Weekend that is filled with food, fun, free interactive games, and live music featuring regional and nationally known musical acts. Guests may come and go as they please during hours of operation. Please note that once the park reaches capacity, no guests will be permitted to enter the gates.
Line-up:

FRIDAY, APRIL 5 – AT&T Block Party
3 p.m. – Doors
4:45 p.m. – Saints of Valory
7 p.m. – My Morning Jacket
9 p.m. –  Zac Brown Band
SATURDAY, APRIL 6 – Coca-Cola Zero Countdown
Noon – Doors
12:15 p.m. – Yacht Rock Revue
1:45 p.m. – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
3:15 p.m. – Ludacris
4:30 p.m. –  FloRida
6:30 p.m. – Semifinal game #1 shown in park
8:30 p.m. –  Muse
SUNDAY, APRIL 7 – Capital One JamFest
2 p.m. – Doors
4:15 p.m. – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
6 p.m. – Sting
8 p.m. – Dave Matthews Band
More info: http://www.ncaa.com/final-four#!big_dance

NCAA Division II & III Men’s Basketball National Championship Game
Where: Philips Arena
When: Sunday April 7 – Division III Championship: Amherst vs.  Mary Hardin-Baylor at 12:30 p.m. , Division II Championship: Drury vs.  Metro State at 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Overview: For the first time in tournament history, the Division II and Division III championship games will take place in the same city hosting the Division I championship. The final two Division III teams will compete for the championship title at 12:30 p.m. ET in Philips Arena. This event is free and open to the public, and is a chance for basketball fans to experience the championship action up close.
More info: http://www.ncaa.com/final-four#!dii_diii_championships

Final Four Dribble
Where: Around the Georgia World Congress Center
When: On-site registration opens on April 7 at 9:30 a.m. ET, Dribble begins at 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free (Online Registration ends on Friday)
Overview: The Final Four Dribble gives 3,200 kids the chance to dribble their way through the heart of the 2013 Men’s Final Four activities at the Georgia Dome and Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), to help commemorate the Men’s Final Four and this year’s 75th celebration of March Madness. Participating kids will receive a T-shirt, basketball and free entry into Bracket Town.
More info: http://www.ncaa.com/final-four#!final_four_dribble

Northwestern Mutual Road to the Final Four® 5K
Where: Start & End International Plaza – Georgia World Congress Center (285 Andrew Young International Blvd. Atlanta, Ga.)
When: Saturday, April 6, Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., Race begins at 7:30 a.m.
Cost: $25.00 – 5K Run – Timed ($30 on race day), $20.00 – 5K Walk – Untimed ($25 on race day) Participants will receive a $2 discount off the price of the Bracket Town ticket by showing their racing number. Discount only good the day of the race.
Overview: Runners and walkers are invited to participate in the Northwestern Mutual Road to the Final Four® 5K. The event benefits the Coaches vs. Cancer® program, which is a collaborative effort between the American Cancer Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches. Proceeds from the April 6 event will support pediatric cancer research and other Society initiatives.  The Coaches vs. Cancer program empowers coaches, their teams and communities to join the fight against cancer by participating in awareness efforts, advocacy programs, and fundraising activities. Guided by the Coaches vs. Cancer Council, participating coaches support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to help people with cancer today and to find cures to end the disease tomorrow. Started in 1993, the Coaches vs. Cancer program has raised more than $87 million to support the Society’s mission.
More info: http://www.ncaa.com/final-four#!5k_run

Youth Clinics
Where: Andrew & Walter Young YMCA – 2220 Campbellton Rd. SW, Atlanta, Ga. 30311
Villages of Carver YMCA – 1600 Pryor Rd. SW, Atlanta, Ga. 30315
Agnes Scott College Woodruff Athletic Complex – 225 E. Doughtery St., Decatur, GA 30030
When: Saturday, April 6: 8 a.m. to noon, ages 8-14
Cost: Free
Overview: NCAA Youth Clinics are a community outreach program that connects third  thru eighth grade children with selected championships and provide them with resources designed to have a lasting impact. Participants receive sport instruction from NCAA coaches and student-athletes and get valuable information on recruiting, eligibility and youth sports issues. The 2013 Men’s Final Four Youth Clinics are brought to you by Powerade (Coca-Cola), who will provide a T-shirt and promotional items for all participants. Through the NCAA youth clinic, participants are encouraged to live a healthy, active lifestyle.
More info: http://www.ncaa.com/final-four#!youth_clinics

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