2016 Final Four Hits Houston – Here’s What’s Going On
2016 Final Four at NRG Stadium
On April 2, 2016 NRG Stadium will host two national semi-final basketball games to determine which two teams will play for the National Championship on Monday, April 4, 2016.
Since you probably already have your game tickets for the Final Four in Houston, it’s time to see what’s going on outside of NRG Stadium and what Houston has planned for the big weekend.
Fan Fest Presented by Capital One:
This interactive sports “extravaganza” includes basketball courts for exhibitions and fan games, hands-on championship experiences in other NCAA sports, youth clinics, great interactive games, and activities, and is incredibly family-friendly.
A Kids Zone is filled with interactive games; a 3v3 tournament and special appearances with former NCAA players and coaches as well as other sports personalities throughout the fun-filled atmosphere. Ticket pricing is family-friendly – $10 for adults and kids 12 and under are FREE.
Fan Fest takes place at George R. Brown Convention Center in Downtown Houston. Get your Fan Fest tickets today.
Fan Fest Schedule:
Friday, April 1, 2016 | 12:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 2, 2016 | 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 3, 2016 | 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday, April 4, 2016 | 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Check out the 2016 NCAA March Madness Music Festival Lineup:
The free, three-day music festival (produced by Turner Live Events), will take place at Discovery Green in Downtown Houston. Yes, you heard us correct – it’s FREE. The non-ticketed event is open to the public, but is on a first-come basis, so plan to get there early – bring a blanket and chairs and spend the day with friends enjoying the LIVE music.
For those not in Houston, don’t fret – The 2016 NCAA March Madness Music Festival will be live streaming concerts giving fans in the U.S. unparalleled access to their favorite artists.
Friday, April 1 – AT&T Block Party (4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)
• Fall Out Boy
• Panic! At The Disco
Saturday, April 2 – Coca-Cola Music Mix (12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
• Live broadcast of the first semi-final game
• Jason Derulo
• Conrad Sewell
Sunday, April 3 – Capital One JamFest® (3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)
• Maroon 5
• Flo Rida
FINAL FOUR FRIDAY (Friday, April 1, 2016 | 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at NRG Stadium):
The day before the semi-final games, each of the Final Four teams will head to an open practice at NRG Stadium, which are free and open to the public. These open practices provide an opportunity for local and visiting fans to see all of the teams in action.
FINAL FOUR 4 MILER (Saturday, April 2, 2016 | 8:30 a.m. at Hermann Square at City Hall | 900 Smith Street):
Fans and families are invited to participate in the Houston Final Four 4 Miler in Downtown Houston, which benefits the Lone Star Veterans Association, a large network of veterans in the state of Texas that represent and advocate for the post 9/11 generation of service members. Register here.
Needless to say, whether or not your team makes the Final Four or not, there is a lot of excitement going on in Houston. Fans can stay updated on Twitter by following @FinalFour and @MarchMadness.
Jayme Lamm is a sports, travel, and fitness writer based in Houston whose work has appeared in ESPN, CBS, Sports on Earth, Women’s Health and many others. She spends most of her time covering sporting events for The Blonde Side.