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The National Championship will be decided in Houston Monday, but there's plenty going on before then! North Carolina and Villanova will battle it out for the title.


It's North Carolina and Villanova in the title game!

Be prepared for three zones of major traffic -- the Galleria/Uptown area, where many visitors will be staying at area hotels, downtown around the GRB and Discovery Green -- the site of Fanfest and the free March Madness Music Festival , and around NRG Park where the games are being played. This weekend, the Hardy Toll Road will be shut down in both directions between I-45 and FM-1960. The closure lasts from Friday at 10PM until Monday at 5AM. Your best detour is I-45 the North Freeway.

Areas of downtown, especially near Discovery Green and the George R. Brown Convention Center will be closed for the Final Four Fan Fest and March Madness Music Festival beginning Friday through Monday evening. This includes:

    Lane closure of the 900-1100 blocks of La Branch
    Total closure of the 800 and 1200 block of Chenevert
    Total closure of the 800 and 1000 blocks of Crawford
    Total closure of the 1400-1700 blocks of Lamar
    Total closure 1400-1500 block of McKinney

On Saturday, the Final Four 4 Miler will close streets near downtown and along Buffalo Bayou from around 8:30am to 11:00am. This includes:

    Total closure of McKinney from Bagby to Milam
    Milam from McKinney to Jefferson
    Jefferson from Milam to Smith
    Smith from Jefferson to Dallas
    Dallas from Smith, merging onto Allen Parkway
    Allen Parkway from IH-45 to Montrose Blvd
    Lamar from Allen Parkway to Bagby
    Bagby from Lamar to McKinney

The Final Four Dribble fueled by POWERADE event will close McKinney Street from Bagby to the George R. Brown Convention Center from 12:00pm (noon) to 1:00pm on Sunday.

You may want to consider ditching the car and instead using METRO. METRO is offering Final Four passes for 12 bucks. It allows you ride the rail or local buses all weekend.


From interactive basketball activities to youth clinics, and from autograph sessions to great prizes, the Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One takes over the George R. Brown Convention Center during Final Four.

    Friday, 4/1, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Saturday, 4/2, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Sunday, 4/3, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Monday, 4/4, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Adults are $8 with advance tickets or $10 at the door. Students, seniors and military are $4 advance or $5 at the door. You must have valid ID. Children under 12 who are accompanied by a paying adults are free. (Buy tickets)


Sunday, April 3 - Capital One JamFest (3 - 10 PM)
    Maroon 5 - 8:30 PM
    Pitbull - 6:30 PM
    Flo Rida - 5 PM
    Aloe Blaac

Complete music festival FAQs

A "Clear Bag" policy will be in effect for all official events. Residents are reminded not to bring large purses, backpacks or other non-transparent bags to event sites. Only fully clear bags, and very small purses will be permitted.

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