2012 NCAA® Final Four® Event ScheduleNew Orleans, La.All times are subject to change; all times are local, Central time
Monday, March 12
NCAA® Final Four® Career in Sports Forum
Location: Tulane University
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Description: The NCAA Men's Final Four Career in Sports Forum will enlist professionals from all aspects of the sports industry to inform, educate and enlighten high school juniors and college students on athletic and non-athletic sports career options. The 500 attendees will also visit with representatives from local universities and sports industry organizations.
Thursday, March 29
NCAA® Final Four® USBWA Sports Writing Workshop
Location: Marriott on Canal Street
Admission: Advance registration required (online link to be provided at a later date)
Hours: 8:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Description: The USBWA Sports Writing Workshop is for aspiring high school and college journalists hoping to pursue a career in sports writing. Members of the USBWA serve on a panel to talk about their careers in the business and answer questions and offer advice to those hoping to go down the same career path. Select participants will receive a day-specific credential to attend official media events at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Grow Dat Youth Farm
Location: City Park
Description: The Grow Dat Youth Farm will bring a clean-up and renovation project to the City Park garden while focusing on the NCAA values of inclusion and diversity.
Friday, March 30
USBWA Awards Breakfast
Location: New Orleans Marriott, Arcadia Room
Hours: 8 - 9:30 a.m.
Description: The basketball writers will hand out the organizations' National Freshman, National Coach and National Player of the Year awards. Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.sportswriters.net/usbwa.
NCAA® Final Four® Youth Day
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome (Claiborne, Iberville and St. Charles clubs)
Hours: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Description: NCAA Final Four Friday Youth Day will provide New Orleans area youth the opportunity to embrace the values of education, sports and community involvement. Approximately 400 selected middle school aged students as participants will be focus in on the areas of life skills, healthy living, character development, leadership, diversity and community involvement. Following lunch, the group will then be escorted to the Superdome to take part in the Final Four Friday festivities.
Final Four Friday® - Team Practices
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Hours: 12 - 4 p.m. (Gates open at 11 a.m.)
Description: See the 2012 NCAA Final Four teams in action one last time before the big games take place. Final Four head coach interviews and other local entertainment will be sure to add to the excitement. Fans in attendance will be randomly selected to win national semifinal and championship game tickets throughout the day! Practice times are based on team seeding:
12 - 12:50 p.m. Game No. 1 Lower Seed
1 - 1:50 p.m. Game No. 2 Lower Seed
2:10 - 3 p.m. Game No. 1 Higher Seed
3:10 - 4 p.m. Game No. 2 Higher Seed
Bracket Town refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero
Location: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center H-J
Admission: $10 (ages 12 and over)
$6 (ages 3-11, college students*, senior citizens (55 and older), and military*)
Free (ages 2 and under)
*Appropriate ID required.
**Purchase tickets at the box office, by phone or online at NCAA.com/finalfour. Additional fees apply for online and phone purchases.
Hours: 12 - 8 p.m.
Description: Come play with the best at Bracket Town refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero - the ultimate Final Four fan fest! Fans of all ages can test their skills and enjoy championship action with basketball competitions, clinics, performances, autograph sessions and photo ops, the latest in interactive games and demonstrations, prizes and more. Everyone's a champion at Bracket Town.
AT&T Block Party, The Big Dance® Concert Series
Location: Woldenberg Park
Hours: 4 - 10 p.m.
Description: The Big Dance is a free three-day concert series open to music fans in celebration of the NCAA Men's Final Four. In addition to the music, there will be plenty of food and activities to keep you entertained.
Reese's® College All-Star Game
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Hours: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Description: The Reese's College All-Star Game features two teams comprised of the top collegiate senior student-athletes in the country. For the fourth year, the game will be played in the Final Four venue and will provide Louisiana residents and other NCAA basketball fans the chance to see many of the best college basketball players perform in action for free!
Final Four Fan Gathering Restaurants
South Regional: Huck Finn's Café, French Quarter, New Orleans
West Regional: Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, Warehouse District, New Orleans
East Regional: Poppy's Time Out Sports Bar & Grill, Spanish Plaza at the River, New Orleans
Midwest Regional: The Crazy Lobster Bar & Grill, Spanish Plaza at the River, New Orleans
Description: Restaurants from around New Orleans will adopt fans from each of the Final Four teams during the championship week in New Orleans. Make these establishments your headquarters to meet old friends, new friends and