March Madness, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, is one of the most exciting sporting events in the country. It is a month-long explosion of basketball with drama, upsets, gutty performances and last-second miracles. It will all culminate this year in the Lone Star state as the Final Four invades AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Here is how you can make the most of the weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Wanna Go To The Games?
If you’re a serious basketball fan, and seeing your favorite team play and make it to the championship round is your No. 1 priority, you are going to be in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. AT&T Stadium normally seats around 80,000 fans for a football game. When it hosted the NBA All-Star game, it drew 108,000 fans. Your ticket could give you a seat to history. That ticket, however, is going to cost you a pretty penny. They are currently starting at $250 on the official ticket exchange and going up to $2,700 for the semis and up to $2475 for the finals. You can’t put a price on love, but it takes a lot of love to spend that much for one game. However good news is you can throw a rock and hit a top-notch restaurant or bar with flat screen TVs showing the game and it will only cost you one basket of chicken wings.
It’s Not Just A Game
If you’d like to be part of the festivities, but don’t have quite enough cash in your pocket to actually attend the games, fear not; there are a host of events tied in with the Final Four that are just as exciting and a lot more affordable. You’ll have more than enough opportunities to see the stars, be entertained and feel both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
You can still see your favorite teams in action at Reese’s Final Four Friday, which is the final practice for each team and will be held inside AT&T Stadium. Watch as teams get ready for the biggest games of their lives. Each session will feature speeches from the coaches to rally the troops and on-court promotions to get the crowds even more hyped. After the practices will be the College All-Star Game, which features 20 of the finest senior college basketball players playing in front of fans for the final time in their college careers. This entire event is free to the public.
If you want to get more in on the action, consider checking out Bracket Town presented by Capital One. This interactive fan fest covers over 350,000 square feet and it is dedicated to getting fans involved in many of the sports under the NCAA umbrella. Fans will have the opportunity to meet and greet former college basketball stars or try their hand at other sports. Visitors can sign up for clinics in a range of sports from basketball, baseball and football to lacrosse, field hockey — even fencing. And the best part, tickets are only $8 for adults and $4 for kids, seniors or military.
Finally, if you want to take a break from sports altogether, but still be part of the excitement, be sure to spend some time at the NCAA® March Madness® Music Festival. This free, outdoor music festival will be held at Reunion Park in Dallas. It will feature nationally known acts from all genres of music. With performances from The Killers, Tim McGraw, fun. and heavy-hitter Bruce Springsteen, there’s no shortage of performers to keep you pumped up.
This is just a taste of what the Final Four offers. There are youth clinics to help your young ones hone their skills with esteemed college coaches. If you want to get your competitive juices flowing, you can enter the Road to the Final Four 5K, or even lace up your high-tops and enter the King of the Court 3-on-3 tournament. Combine all of that with everything else DFW has to offer from Six Flags to the Sixth Floor Museum – no matter what’s on your itinerary you’ll come away from this weekend a huge winner.
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