Wear your orange-and-blue to Final Four events
By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist
(March 31, 2008)--The NCAA Men's Final Four Division I Basketball Championship is making a return visit to San Antonio April 4-7 when the national spotlight once again shines on the Alamo City. For the first time, the Final Four will feature the top-seeded teams representing all four regions. North Carolina, UCLA, Kansas and Memphis all are headed to San Antonio hoping to take home the title.
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As the NCAA Final Four host institution, UTSA teamed up with the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee and the City of San Antonio to host four days of free, family-fun events and activities. With thousands of visitors expected to attend downtown events, UTSA President Ricardo Romo encourages students, faculty and staff to show their Roadrunner Spirit and support by showing off their UTSA orange-and-blue.
Free events on South Alamo Street between Market and Durango, include "The Big Dance" four-day music street party, "Final Four Friday" open team practices, "Digiorno College All-Star Game," "Yes Clinics" fueled by Powerade and the "NCAA Dome Dribble to Hoop City.
The musical entertainment starts at 10:30 p.m., Friday, April 4, with the "AT&T Block Party" featuring Fall Out Boy, who performed at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards and received a 2006 Grammy Award nomination as one of the year's Best New Artists.
At 2:45 p.m., Saturday, April 5, Kid Rock takes center stage as a part of the "Pontiac Garage at the Final Four" concert series.
Then at 6:45 p.m., Sunday, April 6, the "My Coke Fest" concert features All-American Rejects followed by Three Doors Down, who are touring with their album set to arrive in stores May 27.
The musical fun draws to a close at 6 p.m., Monday, April 7 on Championship Monday with performances by country music singer Robert Earl Keen and soul music from the band, Mingo Fishtrap.
Final Four weekend wraps with thousands of fans gathering at 8:15 p.m. next Monday at the KENS-5 TV Big Dance giant video board to watch the two teams left standing compete for the national championship.
San Antonio has hosted the 2008 and 1998 Men's Final Four events and is competing with nine cities to become the selection site for the next round of Final Four competitions from 2012 to 2016. The 2009-2011 Final Fours are scheduled for Detroit, Indianapolis and Houston.