Sammi Dugan and Maria Lafferty were turned away from the March Madness Music Festival in downtown Phoenix, which hit capacity at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, April 2, 2016. (Alexis Berdine/azcentral.com)
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About 3,000 kids dribble through downtown Phoenix for the Final Four Dribble on Sunday, April 2, 2017. (Patrick Breen/azcentral.com)
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FINAL FOUR: Fans react as Gonzaga survives late S. Carolina rally, advances to championship 77-73. (Alden Woods/azcentral)
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Fans arrive early for the festivities before the Final Four games Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Patrick Breen/azcentral)
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Would you spend $7,500 for three games of the best college basketball? How about $275? Reporter Perry Vandell breaks down the action on the tickets before the big games. Patrick Breen/azcentral.com
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Downtown Phoenix gets ready to host the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest and house the teams as they play in nearby Glendale for the NCAA Final Four games. David Wallace/azcentral.com
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The court for the NCAA Final Four tournament is put together at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral
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The massive scoreboard known as “Colussus TV” is installed at University of Phoenix Stadium for the upcoming NCAA Final Four games. David Wallace/azentral.com
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Mark Hubler, emergency manager for Glendale, talks about the Final Four on Feb. 28, 2017, in the Emergency Operation Center, Glendale.
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March Madness Music Festival hits capacity early
Final Four hits the streets with a Dribble walk!
Gonzaga fans in Glendale react to win over S. Carolina in NCAA semifinal
Fans pack University of Phoenix Stadium lawn for Final Four
Which seats in the Final Four house are still available?
Downtown Phoenix gets ready for NCAA Final Four
Piece by piece, the court for the NCAA Final Four tournament is put together in Glendale
Scoreboard installed at University of Phoenix Stadium for Final Four
Preparing for the Final Four in Glendale
The Final Four is on in Arizona. Who’s here? What’s happening? Check back for frequent updates all Monday on the scene at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale and the Final Four Fan Fest in Phoenix.
- 10 a.m. University of Phoenix box office opens. Parking lots open at 1 p.m., and the stadium opens at 4 p.m.
- Noon-6 p.m. Final Four Fan Fest at Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix.
- 2-5:30 p.m.: Tip-Off Tailgate presented by Infiniti, on the Great Lawn outside the stadium. Free for anyone with a ticket to the game.
- 6:19 p.m. National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
Monday morning: It’s the big day!
It will be blue blood vs. new blood in the national championship game Monday. North Carolina royalty, with five titles to its name, will compete for its sixth against upstart Gonzaga, which made its first-ever Final Four appearance in Glendale on Saturday.
And if the two nail-biter semifinals are any indication, the championship game will make the Valley’s first-ever NCAA Final Four one for the ages.
And remember, University of Phoenix Stadium is not selling alcohol of any kind at its concession stands. Don’t say we didn’t tell you!
TV schedule for Monday
Semifinal winners, 6:19 p.m., Channel 5 (Play-by-play: Jim Nantz. Analysts: Bill Raftery, Grant Hill. Reporter: Tracy Wolfson)
Compiled by Arizona Republic reporter Kaila White..
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