🏀🏆 Take a Fast Break to Houston for the NCAA Final Four
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It’s the hottest ticket in Houston, in Texas… maybe even the planet this weekend. It’s Final Four time for college basketball, and all eyes are on the largest city on the Gulf Coast.
Basketball fever is no stranger to Houston. The Bayou City hosted the Final Four in 2016, when Villanova reigned supreme. And in 2011, current 2023 contender UConn also made it to the four, back when NRG was known as Reliant Stadium. The games themselves are the main draw, of course, but Houston often out-glitters its headliners. Be sure to explore what else this glorious city has in store.
There’s so much going on in H-Town this weekend: Let our links guide the way! Click the title of each event to see the full listing.
NCAA EVENTS IN HOUSTON
The George R. Brown Convention Center, in the heart of downtown Houston, will be the place to be this weekend for anyone with even a touch of the March Madness. The Final Four Fan Fest promises to be an action-packed sports wonderland for all ages, with interactive games, special appearances. autograph signings, and much more. Kids 12 and under are admitted free.
Maximize your March Madness with music. With Houston hosting the NCAA championship, you know the party will be lit! This year, the March Madness Music Festival goes all out, featuring big buzz talents Lil NasX, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, and Omar Apollo. But wait, that’s not all! The Friday night headliner is Houston’s very own hometown homegrrl, Megan Thee Stallion. And it all takes place in Discovery Green, a beautiful 12-acre park in the very heart of downtown.
Owls & Aztecs, Huskies & Hurricanes! The stages are set, the brackets are bracketed! They say that March is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb, but this Friday, Houston kicks off a jam-packed weekend that includes live music, tailgating, and more to keep the city roaring all the way until April 3, when the winners face off for the title downtown at NRG Stadium!
April 1, FAU vs. San Diego State, 5:09pm; Miami vs. UConn, 7:49pm, Airing Live on CBS
April 3, Gates Open for Championship Game, 6pm; Championship Game Tip-Off, 8:20pm, Airing Live on CBS
All times CST
The Final Four in Houston has another trick up its sleeve: The top HBCU players in the USA will play on a national stage, at Texas Southern, also in Houston during this wild weekend.
April 2, Team Dick Barnett vs. Team Willis Reed., 4pm, Airing Live on CBS
All times CST
H&PE Arena at Texas Southern
MORE, MORE… MORE! EVENTS IN HOUSTON
You might think one major sporting event would be enough for one weekend, and maybe it is for some cities. But this weekend, Houston also boasts the Astros playing against the Chicago White Sox at Minute Maid Park, and the Rockets facing off against the Detroit Pistons at the Toyota Center – all downtown. Whew!
What? Not a sports fan? Maybe check out Drunk Shakespeare at the Emerald Theatre, Art & Cocktails at Holman Draft Hall, or even The New Edition: LegacyTour at the Toyota Center.
How do we even know all this stuff? Visit Houston is a one-stop shop for all the info you need to get the most out of America’s fourth largest city: Where to stay, what to do, what to se… and considering it’s one of the greatest culinary cities in the world: What to eat!
NCAA WOMEN IN DALLAS
We admit, the women’s playoff and the championship games do not happen on the Gulf Coast. But they happen in a Gulf State! Also, we’d be remiss if we didn’t celebrate the fact that the fabulous LSU women’s team made it to the NCAA Women’s Final Four. (Geaux Tigers!) The women’s rounds will be played this same weekend in Dallas – with as much of the fanfare and exciting events as its brother series in Houston!
March 31, LSU vs. Virginia Tech, 6pm; South Carolina vs. Iowa, 8:30pm, Airing Live on ESPN
April 2, Doors Open for Championship Game, 1pm; Championship Game Tip-Off, 2:30pm, Airing Live on ABC
All times CST
American Airlines Center
Okay, B-ballers, you know what to do: Tune in or head out to Houston, get ready to cheer, and get ready for the tip-off! May the best teams dominate!!! 🌊