2017 Final Four NCAA Men's Basketball

University of Phoenix Stadium to Host College Basketball

NCAA Final Four
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The 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four will be played in Glendale, Arizona in the West Valley of the Greater Phoenix area. Ours is the first Western U.S. city selected since Seattle hosted the Final Four in 1995. Here are the details about the 2017 NCAA Final Four.

When are the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four games?

April 1 and April 3, 2017.

Which teams are playing?

More than 60 teams will start in the competition, and eventually, the brackets will be whittled down to a champion in the West, Midwest, East and South.

Those four will compete in Glendale. 

  • South Carolina (7) will play Gonzaga (1) at 3:09 p.m. MST
  • North Carolina (1) will play Oregon (3) at 5:49 p.m. MST

The winners of those games will play each other in the Championship game.

Where will the 2017 Final Four be held?

University of Phoenix Stadium (formerly Cardinals Stadium) in Glendale, Arizona will host the game to decide which two teams move on to the NCAA championship game. Glendale, Arizona is just northwest of Phoenix. University of Phoenix Stadium has a seating capacity over 63,000 but can expand to 73,000 for mega-events. This sure to be one of those!

Tailgate!

If you have tickets to the game, you are invited to the Tip-Off Tailgate on the Great Lawn, featuring food, beer gardens, live music and interactive events. It is open Friday, March 31  from 10 a.m. to  3 p.m. (open to everyone, free admission), Saturday, April 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (must have a game ticket) and Monday, April 3 from 2 p.m. to  5:30 p.m. (must have a game ticket).

Where is University of Phoenix Stadium?

Here is a map with directions to University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. 

How do I get tickets?

You might find tickets through the fan exchange (might be more than face value), as well as VIP experiences. Another option is to buy tickets from scalpers or other online ticket exchanges — but beware of tickets from unauthorized ticket sellers!

Just in case you do acquire tickets to the game, here's a seating chart for University of Phoenix Stadium.

No tickets for the game? Try one of these popular local sports bars.

I need a place to stay.

There are plenty of hotels around town, but this is a busy time of year in the Phoenix area. The closest hotels will be in Glendale, but check this map for other hotel suggestions in nearby cities and towns.

No tickets? You can still go to Official NCAA Parties!

Whether or not you have tickets to the NCAA Final Four basketball games, you can still participate in this big event.

While just about every sports bar in the Greater Phoenix area will be showing the games on large screens and offering food and drink specials, there are two places where official NCAA parties and events will take place in the week leading up to the game.

  • Final Four Fanfest will be held in Downtown Phoenix March 31 through April 2, 2017, at the Phoenix Convention Center. Expect youth clinics, giveaways, concerts, interactive games, special appearances, and autograph signings. You can purchase tickets through Ticketmaster.com. Kids 12 and under admitted free with a ticketed adult. Seniors, military, and ASU, GCU, UA, or NAU Students all get a discount. Tickets purchased before March 15 are discounted for everyone. Do you have a Capital One credit card? You might get some great discounts!
  • March Madness Music Festival at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix is free for everyone, March 31 through April 2. Three days of music include performances by Aeorsmith, Keith Urban, The Chainsmokers, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
  • The Final Four Dribble is a fun opportunity for kids 18 and under. On Sunday, April 2 starting at 11 a.m. kids will dribble from Heritage Square through downtown into Fan Fest. The first 3,200 participants receive a free Dribble T-shirt, a basketball, and free admission to the Fan Fest. Registration is required, and a waiver must be signed. 

These are accessible by Valley Metro Rail, but are not at the same location at the basketball games will actually be played, which is northwest of Phoenix in Glendale. If you'd rather stay near all the fan festivities than near the stadium, your first choice would probably be hotels in Downtown Phoenix.

Your second choice would be hotels in walking distance from the Light Rail line.

Valley Metro Rail will operate until 2 a.m. on March 31 and April 1, and until midnight on April 2 and 3. 

There is an official party at the stadium in Glendale, too.

  • Final Four Friday is fun for the entire family and admission is free. Check out each of the Final Four teams in their final open practice before Saturday’s national semifinal games. The Reese’s Collegiate All-Star Game takes place in the afternoon. Practices start at 11 am followed by the All Star game at 3:30 pm. Parking is free.  

No Tickets? These Aren't Official Parties/Deals But You'll Want to Go Anyway

  • Uptown Alley in Surprise (northwest part of town) is hosting Mayhem of March from Wednesday, March 1 through Monday, April 3. There is a special food menu featuring March Madness Fries themes after the different conferences (East Coast fries are covered in Philly Steak and Caramelized onions). Purchase a commemorative mug that you can use to get discounted beer refills throughout the tournament. Uptown Alley will also host a contest to pick the winner. All you have to do is sign up for the eClub and pick a team before March 17th. A drawing will be held from those who picked one of the two final teams and watch the championship game at Uptown Alley. The winner will win a 50 inch HDTV runner ups can win a fun pack and $15 gift cards.
  • Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Ride Company is offering the Ballooning Slam Dunk for the occasion. From March 22 through April 6, mention the Ballooning Slam Dunk deal for a sunrise or sunset hot air balloon ride. Join the pilot and launch crew to watch the colors expand as larger than life balloons take shape. Lift off, and embark upon a unique journey as the balloon gently rises. You will float above the breathtaking views of the scenic Sonoran Desert. Celebrate upon landing with a locally crafted gourmet Southwestern first class dining experience of breakfast or appetizers. As the crew packs up the balloon, enjoy a celebratory toast of Prickly Pear champagne and refreshments with your pilot, to end your memorable adventure. You will be presented with a personalized flight certificate to commemorate your experience. $169 Sunrise or $179 Sunset special rate, children (5-12 years old) $99. Call 480-299-0154. 
  • On Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2 the Children's Museum of Phoenix is offering discounted Museum admission of $8 per person all day. One of the top three children's museums in the nation, the Children's Museum of Phoenix in Downtown Phoenix is a wondrous place of imagination, inspiration, creativity and just plain fun. Designed for children ages birth to 10, this is not your typical Museum — you can  touch everything! With over 48,000 square feet of space, the Museum offers more than 300 play experiences, spread throughout three floors in the magnificent and historic Monroe School Building. In addition, there are a diverse range of classes and programs, from music and yoga, to math and science, and the Art Studio is a budding artist's dream come true. 
  • The Phoenix Symphony in Downtown Phoenix offers special performances (20% off), March 27 thru April 2. Music of the Rolling Stones live with The Phoenix Symphony in a unique concert experience. Back by popular demand, Beethoven’s most celebrated masterpiece, Symphony No. 9, featuring the famous “Ode to Joy” performed by The Phoenix Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and talented soloists. Offer expires on 04/02/2017. Not applicable on previous purchases. Offer valid on Music of the Rolling Stones and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Limit four (4). The Phoenix Symphony reserves the right to cancel the offer at any time. To take advantage of this offer, go online to the ticket page, add the promo code FINALFOUR to the promo code box, add your seats to your shopping cart, and check out.

  • Phoenix Rising Tour Company specializes in Downtown Phoenix guided and narrated tours (History & Culture Trolley Tour, Art & Mural Bike Tour, History & Highlights Walking Tour, and Coffee Crawl Walking Tour). March Madness Fans receive 10% off all tours offered through Phoenix Rising Tour Company, between March 27- April 3. Use promo code: MARCHMAD2017

  • BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, with locations in North Phoenix, Peoria, Chandler and Mesa, will be offering $10 off $35 minimum food purchase from March 14 through April 4. Customers will be able to download the coupon online. One coupon per table, not available with any other coupons or discounts. BJ's will also be offering Daily Brewhouse Specials Monday through Thursday. On Mondays, large pizzas are half price and margaritas are $5. Tuesdays feature $3 Pizookie® desserts and half off wine. The specials continue with baby back ribs, $10 burgers, $4 BJ’s craft beers and $5 call drinks.

  • Venezia’s Pizzeria is offering $5 of when you spend $30 or more at any of their five locations in Tempe, Phoenix, Mesa, and Gilbert. Just mention code EM973 when placing your order in-person or over the phone, or enter the code when placing your order online. Not valid with any other offer.

  • LEGOLAND® Discovery Center in Tempe (map) is where families with children aged 3 to 10 can enjoy a world of creativity, color and building fun in the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground. From March 27 - April 30 get one free child’s ticket per full priced adult ticket purchased. Use this link to get the deal. You can also mention NCAA at the window and get the discount.

  • SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium in Tempe (map) has thousands of amazing creatures and a 360-degree ocean tunnel, child-level viewing bubbles, and an interactive scavenger hunt, included with admission. From March 27 - April 30 get one free child’s ticket per full priced adult ticket purchased. Use this link to get the deal. You can also mention NCAA at the window and get the discount.

  • Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale (directions) hosts a College Basketball Championship Viewing Party on April 1 and 3 with radio personalities, Roc & Manuch of 1580 AM The Fanatic and CBS Sports Radio. The event will feature oversized screens showing the game, $5 food and drink specials and an opportunity to win a trip to San Antonio to the championship in 2018. Doors to the College Basketball Championship Viewing Party open one hour before each games tip off. For the Saturday, April 1 semi-finals, doors open at 2 p.m. while for the Monday, April 3 championship, doors open at 4 p.m. Both game viewings are free. Game Day Menu: $3 Chips and salsa; $3 Box of buttered popcorn; $3 Assorted nuts; $5 Warm Pretzel Bites with cheese sauce; $5 Basket of Fries; $5 Nachos; $5 Two Beef Barbacoa Tacos with tortilla chips; $7 Cheese Burger with fries; $7 Grilled Chicken Sandwich with fries; $7 Buffalo Wings; $7 Deluxe Nachos. Drink menu: $5 Overtime Cocktail with Smirnoff vodka, pineapple juice, and splash of cranberry; $5 Whiskey Smash with Seagram's Vo whiskey and Coke; $5 The Triple Threat with Jose Cuervo tequila, triple sec, lime juice, sweet and sour; $5 Slam Dunk Punch with Cruzan Light and orange juice; $5 Bracket Buster Cocktail with Jack Daniels whiskey, lemonade, and splash of Sprite; $4 glass of Montepellier Cabernet or Chardonnay; $3 12-ounce draft beer Bud Light, Coors Light and Michelob Ultra; $24 Corona bucket (four 12-ounce Corona beers).

Security Reminder

Small purses are permitted at all NCAA events, but no backbacks, diaper bags, tote bags, camera bags or large purses. Any items you want to bring that don't fit into a small clutch purse must be in either a clear plastic bag (see a sample) or a one gallon clear plastic storage bag.

What time is tip-off, and which channel will the games be on?

April 1, Final Four game 1: CBS at 3 p.m. Arizona time
April 1, Final Four game 2: CBS at 5:30 p.m. Arizona time
April 3, National Championship: CBS at 6 p.m. Arizona time

More questions about the 2017 NCAA Final Four?

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All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.