The NCAA Final Four game will be played in Arizona for the first time on April 1 and April 3, 2017 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Arizona State University in Tempe is the collegiate host for this exciting event. Tempe, located in the heart of the metro area, is the perfect place to turn your NCAA weekend trip to Arizona into a memorable vacation!
Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, fun spring events, lots of live music and local hangout spots for meeting up with other fans. Home to the Arizona State University Tempe Campus, this college town is ready to host college basketball fans from across the country. Tempe is located just minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and is centrally located within the Phoenix metro area. Fans can enjoy the game and the area to its full extent – making this a true Arizona vacation.
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The NCAA Final Four weekend is a four-day celebration of student-athletes, basketball and the spirit of collegiate athletics. A culmination of March Madness, four teams advance to compete for a national title at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ April 1 and April 3, 2017.
Valley Metro Rail provides a convenient link between Downtown Tempe and Downtown Phoenix and offers an extension that connects directly to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Please note that the light rail does not connect to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One:
Come Ready To Play- the Final Four Fan Fest is so much more than basketball. From rock climbing to youth clinics, from autograph signings to special appearances, there is plenty to see and do. Families will enjoy a special Kids Zone and activities. Friends and teammates will enjoy competing for bragging rights at one of 24 hands-on NCAA championship experiences.
Cost: $10 for adults, kids 12 and under get in FREE. Tickets available January, 2017.
Location: Phoenix Convention Center – Downtown Phoenix
Saturday, April 1; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 2; 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday, April 3; Noon – 6 p.m.
March Madness Music Festival: This special FREE three-day concert series takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday over the Final Four Weekend and features both local and national acts that in the past have included artists such as Pitbull, Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, The Zac Brown Band, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5 and Kenny Chesney, just to name a few. The concerts typically start in the late afternoon and feature team pep rallies, as well as interactive games, activities and refreshments provided by the tournament’s sponsors. This is a free event, open to the public and sponsored by NCAA Corporate Champions AT&T, Coke and Capital One.
Location: Margaret T. Hance Park (tentative) – Downtown Phoenix
Saturday, April 1; 2 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 2; 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Final Four Friday – University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale: On Friday, March 31, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., each of the Final Four teams will participate in an hour long open practice at University of Phoenix Stadium. The practices are free and open to the public and provide an opportunity for locals and fans to see all of the teams in action in the venue. Special programming and tributes throughout the practices lend to the exciting atmosphere.
Final Four Dribble – Fan Fest in Downtown Phoenix: This unique event takes place on the Sunday April 2, 2017 of Final Four weekend at 11:00 a.m. Thousands of children will be given their very own official NCAA basketball and dribble it along a route ending at the entrance of Fan Fest. This free event includes a basketball, t-shirt and a unique way for local kids to be a part of the Final Four weekend. Registration opens in January 2017.
Final Four Youth Clinics Location is TBD: Jump-start your basketball skills with a FREE NCAA Youth Clinic. Each participant will receive a FREE t-shirt and other promotional items. Kids will learn fun drills and healthy, active lifestyle tips. Youth Clinics are open to boys and girls, grades 3-8. Details of the clinics coming soon!
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