ATLANTA - After the agony of recent football events, it’s time to move Atlanta’s sports focus to basketball.
Fortunately the calendar was able to accommodate.
Atlanta hosts the 75th anniversary of the NCAA Men’s Final Four this year. Wednesday at the Georgia Dome, the tournament committee released more of its plans for the fans and volunteers to mark 75 days until the Final Four tips off at the Georgia Dome April 6th.
“We are thrilled to be in Atlanta,” said Mike Bobinski, chairman of the NCAA Men’s Basketball committee.
This is the third time Atlanta has hosted the Final Four in the last 11 years and Bobinski said it was no accident that the 75th anniversary of the tournament will be held in our city.
“It’s got such a rich sporting history. It’s got the depth and diversity that really mirrors our event,” said Bobinksi. “That made it the perfect choice.”
This will also be the first time that all 74,000 seats will open at the Georgia Dome for the Final Four.
“When you walk in there and you see the scope of that event and the scale of it, it really raises the hair on the back of your neck,” said Bobinksi.
100,000 people are expected in town for the Final Four April 6-8. They will fill up about 10,000 hotel rooms, the committee said.
For the first time there will be basketball played on all three days of Final Four Weekend. Between the semi finals Saturday and the championship game Monday night, the Division II and Division III championship games will be held at Phillips Arena. They will be free to the public.
In between games fans will be able to head to Bracket Town, the fan fest at the Georgia World Congress Center which runs from Friday until Monday of tournament weekend.
Organizers also released plans for an open 3-on-3 tournament at Bracket Town. Entries are $75. Ages nine and up are welcome to participate.
Fans will also be able to take in basketball clinics and concerts throughout the weekend.
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