Tickets are scarce for the Final Four, the semi-final leg of the NCAA Men's Division Basketball Championship. That doesn't mean you can't celebrate college basketball. There are plenty of Final-Four events in Detroit.
Final Four Friday, April 3rdOn the Friday leading into the Final-Four weekend, several free events take place at Ford Field:
- Team Practice -- The four regional champions hold practice sessions leading into their semi-final games on Saturday. The practices are open to the public, free and start at 12 p.m.
- Hershey’s College All-Star Game –- Following the practice sessions, two teams with players chosen by coaches from around the country will play in the College All-Star Game. It starts after open-practice and attendance is free.
The Big Dance, April 3rd to 5thThe Big Dance is a three-day-long festival being held at the Detroit Riverfront just east of the Renaissance Center from April 3rd to the 5th. The event is free and filled with celebrities, music and other entertainment.
Registration is $20 and includes admission to the NCAA's Hoop City. The proceeds will benefit the NCAA Men’s Final Four Legacy Program.
YES Clinics, April 4thYES Clinics take place throughout the Metro Detroit area on April 4th. The Clinics include drills and sports-skills instruction from NCAA coaches and student athletes.
U-of-M Fabulous Five Charity Event, April 4thChris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson are scheduled to take part in a benefit for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The event takes place on April 4th at the Motor City Casino and is not affiliated with the Final Four.
registration is required. You can also register on-site at Gate A of Comerica Park starting at 11:30 a.m. The dribbling course runs from Ford Field to Cobo Center, where the NCAA's Hoop City is being held.