The NCAA Men’s DI Championship game wasn’t short of action and emotion last night as the Louisville Cardinals came back from another deficit and beat the Michigan Wolverines. With the storylines of an off the bench player, Spike Albrecht from Michigan who won the hearts of many with his inspiring performance and a team of Louisville players who were playing for an injured teammate, Kevin Ware it was a game basketball fans should not have missed. This game was a great ending to a schedule packed weekend of activities for the host city of Atlanta, GA.
For those who might have the opportunity to take in a Final Four weekend I highly recommend the experience. While the DI basketball games were played on Saturday and Monday there are many other events occurring for a sports fan to check out. To begin with, a concert series allowed fans to jam out at free outdoor shows at Centennial Olympic Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with this year’s top performers including: Zac Brown Band, Flo Rida, Ludacris, Muse, Sting, and the Dave Matthews Band. On Sunday night more than 50,000 fans attended the Dave Matthews concert, which resulted in the park being closed due to capacity and fans listening nearby on closed streets. Nothing beats thousands of college basketball fans cheering for a common cause (a good band) and putting rivalries aside.
If the music offerings don’t fit your taste there are plenty of other activities such as Bracket Town. This is an indoor, interactive environment allowing the athlete in all of us to try our best at other NCAA sports, participate in various basketball competitions (how about Knock Out with the winner getting to play a quick game against Kareem Abdul Jabbar) or autographs signings from your favorite coach or player. For fans who don’t have tickets to the big game this experience allows you to get your fill of basketball and pick up a Final Four t-shirt to document your attendance.
Maybe more basketball is what you are wanting during the Final Four Weekend. If this is the case you will appreciate that for the first year the NCAA held the DII and DIII games in the same city as the DI championship. This resulted in record crowds for these two games played on Sunday. Congratulations to Drury the DII Champion and Amherst the DIII Champion. What do you think should the NCAA play more of the sport championships regardless of division in the same location?
This is definitely a line you need to add to your bucket list. As a sports fan this weekend showcased not only the student-athlete competing on the court, but also provided an opportunity for fans of all teams and ages to connect. Start saving your money now and don’t pass up the chance to attend the Final Four when it comes to a city near you.