5 things to know about the NCAA Final Four

2020 NCAA Final Four in Atlanta: What to know

The 2019-20 NCAA Division I men’s basketball season will culminate in Atlanta with the Final Four and national championship game.

Two seminfinal games will be played Saturday April 4, 2020, at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The national championship will be played Monday, April 6. The games will be broadcast on TBS. Times will be announced later. 

Atlanta has hosted the Final Four on four previous occasions at the Omni Coliseum (1977) and Georgia Dome (2002, ’07 and ’13). This will be Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s first time being turned into a basketball arena. It has previously hosted a College Football Playoff semifinal, the College Football Playoff Championship Game and Super Bowl 53.

Tickets

Tickets are available through the official NCAA Final Four Ticket Exchange, where prices currently start at $195 for the semifinals and $185 for the championship game in the stadium’s upper-level corners. 

How you can volunteer

The NCAA and the local host committee are seeking 2,000 volunteers to assist with activities surrounding college basketball’s Final Four in Atlanta. An online application process for volunteers has been open since October.

The road to Atlanta

The tournament’s 68 teams will be placed in brackets on Selection Sunday, March 15.

The four play-in games will be held March 17 and 18 in Dayton, Ohio.

The first- and second-round games will take place March 19-22 at eight sites:
• Times Union Center, Albany, N.Y.
• Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Wash.
• Enterprise Center, St. Louis
• Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla.
• Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.
• CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb.
• Golden 1 Center, Sacramento
• Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

The third- and fourth-round games will take place March 26-29 at four regional sites:
Midwest Regional: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
West Regional: Staples Center, Los Angeles
South Regional: Toyota Center, Houston
East Regional: Madison Square Garden, New York

What happens in Atlanta?

Once the games reach the city, there will be a number of events, including the Final Four Fan Fest (Adults, $10; kids 12 and younger, free) and the DII and DIII national championship games. Atlanta hosted all three championships in 2013. It’s the only other year all three divisions held their championship games in the same city.

Here’s a list of events (schedule subject to change):

FRIDAY, APRIL 3 

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: Reese’s Final Four Friday (free event open to public), Mercedes-Benz Stadium 
11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2 p.m.: Open team practices, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
3:35 - 5:30 p.m.: College All-Star Game, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Noon-8 p.m.: Final Four Fan Fest, Georgia World Congress Center 
4 p.m.-10 p.m.: March Madness Music Festival — AT&T Block Party, Centennial Olympic Park

SATURDAY, APRIL 4 

10 a.m.-8 p.m.: Final Four Fan Fest, Georgia World Congress Center 
TBA, TBS: Division I National Semifinal Game 1: TBD vs. TBD, Mercedes-Benz Stadium 
TBA, TBS: Division I National Semifinal Game 2: TBD vs. TBD, Mercedes-Benz Stadium 
Noon-9:30 p.m.: March Madness Music Festival, Centennial Olympic Park

SUNDAY, APRIL 5 

Noon-8 p.m.: Final Four Fan Fest, Georgia World Congress Center 
TBA: Division II National Championship Game: TBD vs. TBD, State Farm Arena 
TBA: Division III National Championship Game: TBD vs. TBD, State Farm Arena 
2 p.m.-10 p.m.: March Madness Music Festival — JamFest with Taylor Swift, Centennial Olympic Park

MONDAY, APRIL 6 

Noon-8 p.m.: Final Four Fan Fest, Georgia World Congress Center 
TBA: National Championship Game: TBD vs. TBD, Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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