Information on the Final Four

If you're headed to Atlanta to watch UCLA in the Final Four, here's a reference guide of everything going on in the city during Final Four weekend, from the team practices Friday to concerts, HoopCity, to where the official gathering place is for UCLA fans...

Final Four Events

* Parking: The International Red Deck will open up at 6 a.m. each day. The Yellow and Blue Lots will open up 6 hours prior to start time.

NCAA® Hoop City® refreshed by Coca-Cola®
3/30/2007-4/2/2007
Location: Georgia World Congress Center - Building A
Parking: International (Red) Deck
Tickets: $7 (ages 12 and over)
$5(ages 3-11; college students*; senior citizens [55 and over]*; and military*)
Free (ages 2 and under)
* Appropriate ID required. For more information visit
www.Hoop-city.com. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.tickets.com/browse.cgi?pgid=2000021 or on the day of the event at the Georgia World Congress
CenterAdvance purchase and group discounts are available.
Hours: Friday, March 30: Noon - 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 31: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 1: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Monday, April 2: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
All times are subject to change
Description: Follow the bouncing ball to Hoop City - the ultimate NCAA® college hoops experience. At Hoop City, fans of all ages can run, jump, shoot and play until the final buzzer! When we say there's something for everybody, we really mean it. There's fun competitions, b-ball clinics, prizes, autography sessions with NCAA coaches and great players of the past, surprise appearances and so much more. Please visit www.hoop-city.com for more information.



 

Final Four Friday(TM) - Team Practices
Friday, March 30, 2007
Come watch the student-athletes from the 2007 NCAA® Final Four teams in their final practice before the National Semifinal games. Each team will be allotted one hour of practice time on the court. Practice times are based on team seeding:

Practice times are based on team seeding:
Noon - 12:50 p.m. GEORGETOWN
1 - 1:50 p.m. UCLA
2:10 - 3 p.m. OHIO STATE
3:10 - 4 p.m. FLORIDA
Location: Georgia Dome
Parking: Blue Lot and Yellow Lot (Free)
Tickets: Free
Hours: Noon - 4 p.m. (gates open at 10:30 a.m.)



 

The DiGiorno NABC College All-Star Game
Friday, March 30, 2007
The NABC All-Star Game will pit two teams comprised of many of this year's top senior performers. The game is returning to its roots with collegians paired off against one another. In this format fans get to see twice as many of their favorite college starts prior to their leaving the college scene.

Location: Philips Arena
Tickets: Ticket prices: $20, 10 and $5. Tickets can be purchased at the Philips Arena Box Office or online at
www.philipsareana.com. Discounts for groups of 10 or more will be available by calling 866/715-1500.
Hours: 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)



 

AT&T in the Park (The Big Dance at Centennial Olympic Park)
3/30/2007-4/2/2007
AT&T in the Park is the opening act in The Big Dance at Centennial Olympic Park's four-day lineup. Activities tip-off as the finalists for the Naismith Men's Player of the Year Trophy presented by AT&T will be introduced between musical acts. The evening will be capped by a spectacular fireworks display.

Location: Centennial Olympic Park
Tickets: Free
Hours: 8 - 11 p.m



 

Final Four Fan Gathering Restaurants
3/30/2007-4/2/2007
Locations: Max Lager (East Region - Georgetown)
http://www.maxlagers.com
Daily's (West Region - UCLA)
http://www.greathospitalityrestaurants.com/Daileys/
Azio's (Midwest Region - Florida)
http://www.aziodowntown.com/
Pitty Pat's (South Region - Ohio State)
http://www.pittypatsrestaurant.com/menu.html
Description: Downtown Atlanta restaurants will adopt fans from each of the Final Four teams during the championship week in Atlanta. Make this establishment your headquarters to meet old friends, new friends and fellow alumni. These establishments will be the main gathering locations throughout the week. See you there!





 

Habitat for Humanity
Friday, March 30, 2007
Location: Centennial Olympic Park
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Description: As part of the NCAA/Habitat for Humanity relationship called NCAA Home Team, Official NCAA® Corporate Partner Lowe's, along with student-athletes and other volunteers will construct two house frames in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park. The homes will be on exhibit through Saturday evening and then relocated within the Atlanta area for two local families.



 

NCAA® Road to the Final Four® 5K
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Location: Centennial Olympic Park
Hours: Registration: 7 - 7:45 a.m.
Start Time: 8 a.m.
Tickets: $18.00 (until March 24th on-line or postmarked by Saturday, March 24th); $25.00 after (on-line only or on race day)
Register here
Contact Skip Breeser with questions at (770) 518-8002
Description: Be part of the excitement of NCAA® March Madness® in Atlanta with the inaugural NCAA® Road to the Final Four® 5K on Saturday, March 31st. Course will begin and end at Centennial Olympic Park. All registrants will be eligible to win tickets to the 2007 NCAA® Men's Final Four® semi-final or final games. Participants also will receive an event t-shirt and a complimentary admission to NCAA's Hoop City®, refreshed by Coca-Cola® at the Georgia World Congress Center (through April 2nd), the official fan fest of the Men's Final Four®. Stick around after the race and catch The Big Dance® at Centennial Olympic Park for the world's largest pep rally and some great live entertainment, all compliments of the NCAA®.



 

The Pontiac Garage (The Big Dance at Centennial Park)
3/31/2007-4/2/2007
The Pontiac Garage offers fans a day filled with activities worthy of game day featuring the musical acts of DTP Grammy Award-winning musician Chris "Ludacris" Bridges with special guest Bobby Valentino, So So Def Recording artist Johnta Austin and popular alternative rock band LIVE. The World's Largest Pep Rally, an Air Force flyover and the Pontiac Virtual Final Four will punctuate the day. Both semifinal games will be broadcast by Atlanta's CBS affiliate WGCL-TV/CBS 46 on giant video panels placed around the stage.

Location: Centennial Olympic Park
Tickets: Free
Hours: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.



 

YES® Clinics fueled by POWERade®
Saturday, March 31, 2007
The Youth Education through Sports (YES) Program is the NCAA's premiere outreach to youth across the country. Held at select NCAA championship sites (approximately 20 each year), thousands of youths ages 10 to 16 annually are exposed to YES Clinics in a variety of sports, including football, softball, basketball, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, track and field, ice hockey, volleyball and field hockey. YES Clinics annually attract the best and brightest coaches and student-athletes who are dedicated to teaching and caring for youth. Visit
www.YESclinics.org for more information or to pre-register click here. Parents/Guardians sessions are also available.

Locations: Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center, Georgia State Sports Arena and Morehouse College Forbes Arena
Tickets: Free admission. (Participants must be between 10-16 years of age [boys and girls] and pre-registered).
Hours: 8 a.m. - Noon



 

National Semifinals
Saturday, March 31, 2007
The NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 college basketball teams in the United States. The 20-day tournament, commonly referred to as March Madness® or the Big Dance®, has become one of the country's most prominent sports events. The tournament, whose field includes regional conference champions and other top teams, is staged in a single elimination format. Since its 1939 inception, it has built a legacy that includes dynasty teams and dramatic underdog stories.

Location: Georgia Dome
Parking: Blue Lot and Yellow Lot
(Parking for motor coaches and limousines is available in the Marshalling Yard for $20 per day.)
Tickets: Sold out. Seating capacity is approximately 53,500
Hours: Gates open at 4 p.m.


Tip-off for the first game is approximately 6:07 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).
The second semifinal game will take place approximately 40 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.



 

NCAA® Dome Dribble to Hoop City
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Basketball fans, under the age of 18, will have the opportunity to dribble along a route outside the Georgia Dome. Participants will receive a free basketball and t-shirt courtesy of the NCAA and PowerAde. Participants wearing the Dome Dribble t-shirt will also receive free admission to NCAA Hoop City®. For information on purchasing tickets to Hoop City in advance please visit
www.hoop-city.com

Location: International Plaza (Georgia Dome and the Georgia World Congress Center Campus)
Parking: International (Red) Deck
Tickets: To pre-register, please click here
Hours: On-site registration – 10:30 a.m. (Limited space available)
Pre-registered participant registration – 11 a.m. (Registration is currently open)
Dribble start time – 1 p.m.



 

My Coke FestTM (The Big Dance at Centennial Park)
4/1/2007-4/2/2007
Experience "The Coke Side of Life" and enjoy a diverse day of music when American Idol's Ryan Seacrest returns to his hometown of Atlanta to serve as special guest star for My Coke Fest. The celebrity-filled, day-long music extravaganza headlines with Grammy Award-winning rockers Maroon 5 and also features multi-platinum rapper LL Cool J, alternative rockers Chevelle, power pop band Hellogoodbye and platinum-selling country music duo, Atlanta's own Sugarland. Enjoy MyCokeRewards activities, Coca-Cola sampling and much, much more.

Location: Centennial Olympic Park
Tickets: Free
Hours: 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. (gates open at 12 noon)



 

NCAA Championship Monday (The Big Dance at Centennial Park)
Monday, April 02, 2007
As the final two teams get ready to square off for the national title at the Georgia Dome that evening, NCAA Championship Monday will offer plenty of pregame entertainment at Centennial Olympic Park. Right up until game time, fans can enjoy the sounds of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Marc Cohn and two-time Grammy-nominated Robert Randolph & the Family Band. Hang around to watch the championship game on the giant video games, courtesy of WGCL/CBS 46, Atlanta's home for the 2007 Men's Final Four.

Location: Centennial Olympic Park
Tickets: Free
Hours: 5-11:30 p.m.



 

National Championship
Monday, April 02, 2007
This is the game everyone has waited for. The top two teams in the nation will play each other for the most coveted title in all collegiate sports - National Champions!

Location: Georgia Dome
Parking: Blue Lot and Yellow Lot
(Parking for motor coaches and limousines is available in the Marshalling Yard for $20 per day.)
Tickets: Sold out. Seating capacity is approximately 53,500
Hours: Tip-off is approximately at 9:21 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).
Gates open at 7 p.m.





NCAA, Final Four, The Big Dance, Hoop City and The Road to Atlanta are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.


NCAA® Men's Final Four® Line-Up in the Park (Centennial Olympic Park)


NCAA® Men's Final Four® Line-Up in the Park is all subject to change. Check www.atlanta.net/finalfour for more information. Please note that the Park will not operate during normal scheduled hours, see below. Also be aware for safety reasons, outside food and beverages, backpacks, chairs, blankets and pets are prohibited.

3/30/07 Habitat for Humanity Build 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The NCAA® Home team, a combination of student-athletes and volunteers, will construct two house frames on the Game Plaza of the Park. The building will take place all day Friday and the houses will be on display throughout Saturday's festivities. The house frames will then be relocated within metro Atlanta and donated to local families.

3/30/07 AT&T in the Park 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Enjoy NCAA® Men's Final Four® festivities all day in the Park brought to you by AT&T.

8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. AT&T Stage Activities including musical entertainment by PANIC! AT THE DISCO and introduction of Naismith Player of the Year finalists followed by spectacular fireworks.

3/31/07 NCAA® Road to the Final Four® 5K Registration 7 a.m.
Race Start 8 a.m.


Be part of the excitement of NCAA® March Madness® by running in the NCAA® Road to the Final Four® 5K. The race will begin and end at the Park's Southern Company Amphitheater. All registrants will be eligible to win tickets to the 2007 NCAA® Men's Final Four® semi-final or final games. Participants will also receive an event T-shirt and complimentary admission to NCAA Hoop City®, the official fan fest of the Men's Final Four® at the Georgia World Congress Center until April 2. Register Here

3/31/07 The Pontiac Garage 7 a.m. – Midnight

10 a.m. - Salute to the Troops

11 a.m. - Pontiac Virtual Final Four Semi-Finals

Noon - Live Music by LIVE

1:30 p.m. - Pontiac Virtual Final Four Finals

2:15 p.m. - Live Music by Ludacris

3:15 p.m. - World's largest Pep Rally

5 p.m. - Live Music by Johnta Austin

6:07 p.m. - NCAA Semifinal Game Tip-off (broadcasted live)


4/1/07 My Coke Fest Noon – Midnight
An afternoon of FREE musical entertainment brought to you by Coca-Cola in conjunction with the NCAA® Men's Final Four®.

Experience "The Coke Side of Life" and enjoy a day of diverse musical entertainment hosted by American Idol's Ryan Seacrest.

2 p.m. Live Music from hellogoodbye

3:30 p.m. Live Music from Chevelle

5 p.m. Live Music from LL Cool J

6:30 p.m. Live Music from Sugarland

8 p.m. Live Music from Maroon 5


4/2/07 NCAA Championship Monday

5 p.m. Live Music from Marc Cohn

6:30 p.m. Live Music from Robert Randolph and the Family Band

9:21 p.m. – NCAA Championship Game tip-off (broadcasted live)

Parking/MARTA


Recommended Game Day Driving Routes
The ALOC is strongly encouraging all residents and visitors to take MARTA for the games at the Georgia Dome. If you will be driving please leave as early as possible to avoid congestion. The ALOC, Georgia Dome and the Atlanta Police Department recommend these routes when traveling to the stadium on game day. Please follow the direction of the officers on your way home and drive safely!

Parking
The Blue and Yellow lots around the Georgia Dome are the recommended public parking lots, with an approximate charge of $8 per car. Rates for privately operated parking lots, not controlled by the Georgia Dome or the ALOC, around the city will range from $15 to $40 or higher.

On Friday, March 30, ONLY, beginning at 10:30 a.m., parking in the Blue, Red and Yellow lots will be free for Final Four - Team PracticeTM - scheduled for 12 - 4 p.m. No ticket is needed.

Motorcoach and limo parking will be available at the Marshalling Yard for $20 per vehicle per day.

Download GWCCA Parking Map

MARTA Rail Access
GWCC/Philips/Dome Station (W1)

MARTA Schedule
Check http://www.itsmarta.com.

MARTA
Don't want to deal with traffic? MARTA has two offers that will help local and visiting fans travel downtown with ease. Atlanta residents can sign up online to purchase the special NCAA Final Four Ride Pass for unlimited rides from Friday, March 30 through Monday, April 2 or Tuesday, April 3 for $12, and $13, respectively. The second option is a deal for both residents and out-of- town fans who are interested in unlimited rides and discounts. MARTA is offering the NCAA Commemorative Hoops Pass for $22, which includes the same unlimited number of rides for four days, and includes numerous discounts for entrance to Hoop City, admission to the NABC All College All Star game, merchandise and much more. Click here for more information on the MARTA pass options.

Parking / RV

General Information

Overnight RV parking is not availabe.  All RV's and buses must park in the Marshalling Yard at $20 per day and is subject to availability and a first-come, first-serve basis.

Download GWCCA Parking Map

Contact information and directions

Parking Office: 404-223-4109
Georgia Dome information: 404-223-4636
GWCC Police Department: 404-223-4911

Other Parking lots in the area:

AAA Parking: 404-525-5959
Central Parking: 404-524-8005
Central Parking: 404-522-5645
Citywide Parking: 404-792-2562
Lanier Parking: 404-881-6076
Parking Company of America: 404-584-7057
Reliant Parking: 770-587-4791
Sportspark: 770-435-7275
United Parking: 404-892-0705


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