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2009 NCAA Final Four in Detroit
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~~ 2009 NCAA MEN'S FINAL FOUR IN DOWNTOWN DETROIT ~~

 

PHOTOS: 2009 NCAA Final Four Friday at Ford Field and the Detroit Riverfront

AmericaJR.com's Laura Rozmus takes you on a tour of the 2009 NCAA Final Four Friday at Ford Field and on the Detroit Riverfront for the Big Dance. You'll see photos of North Carolina as they practice, the scoreboard high above, the Final Four logo painted on the GM Renaissance Center, Stellar Drive and the Twistin' Tarantulas performing on the AT&T Local Music Stage. Also, see a shot of WDIV's Chuck Gaidica doing the weather. [4.8.09]

PHOTOS: Sunday at The 2009 NCAA Big Dance along the Detroit Riverfront

AmericaJR.com's Gloria Rzucidlo and Mike Ismair take you on a tour of the Big Dance festival on Sunday. You'll see photos from the My Coke Fest on the main stage including Fergie, Staind and Janelle Monae. Also, look for photos of local artists Ultra Violet Hippopotamus, Impact 7, The Macpodz, The Muggs. In addition, you'll see a photo of Ryan Seacrest as he hosts all the action on the main stage. Also, get another look inside Hoop City at Cobo Center. [4.7.09]

The NCAA Hoop City offered fans the chance to interact and experience the sport of basketball

Though may be feeling blue outside due to the return of winter, it was still easy being green, as Michigan State fans spend their weekend cheering the Spartans on in the Final Four -- starting with the Hoop City inside Cobo Center. The four-day event gave everyone to make free throws, lay-ups, three-pointers, and so forth in an effort to win prizes. Some of the highlights of Hoop City included the Media Celebrity Game between radio and television personalities... [4.6.09]

PHOTOS: Saturday at The 2009 NCAA Big Dance along the Detroit Riverfront

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo and Mike Ismair take you on a tour of the Big Dance festival on Saturday. You'll see photos of the Pussycat Dolls, Gavin DeGraw and much more. Also, look for photos of General Motors vehicles that are parked throughout the festival. In addition, you'll see pictures of local bands, food vendors and a look inside the Coca-Cola tent and the AT&T tent. Also, look for photos of the Pep Rally that took place with cheerleaders and mascots from the Final Four teams. [4.5.09]

WATCH: Highlights of the 2009 NCAA Hoop City at Cobo Center in Detroit -- Part Two [Quicktime Required]

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo and Garrett Godwin report LIVE from inside Cobo Center for the 2009 NCAA Hoop City fan fest event. Look for interviews with three attendees: David and Cindy Linden of Clinton Township, MI; Sam and Samantha Mannino of St. Clair Shores, MI; Evan and Marin Melloy of Minneapolis. MN. Also, take a tour of the AT&T Arena inside Hoop City which includes many fun activities. See UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland sign autographs. [4.4.09]

PHOTOS: 2009 NCAA Hoop City Fan Fest at Cobo Center in Detroit

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo and Garrett Godwin take you on a tour of the 2009 NCAA Hoop City fan fest at Cobo Center in Detroit. You'll see shots of the Detroit Radio vs. Television media game, the at&t Arena and much more. Also, look for photos of attendees shooting baskets and the Coca-Cola sampling area. We'll show you all the fun stuff that you can do while visiting Hoop City in Detroit. [4.4.09]

WATCH: Highlights of the 2009 NCAA Hoop City at Cobo Center in Detroit [Quicktime Required]

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo and Garrett Godwin report LIVE from inside Cobo Center for the 2009 NCAA Hoop City fan fest event. You'll see shots of the Detroit Radio vs. Detroit Television media basketball game. Look for interviews with participants Devin Scillian and Rhonda Walker. Also, look for an interview with Matt Tack, a man who made a three-point shot and walked away with a pair of tickets to Monday's Final Four championship game. [4.3.09]

PHOTOS: 21st Annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & Three Point Championships

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports LIVE from inside the Palace of Auburn Hills for photos of the 21st Annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & Three Point Championships. The event was broadcast on ESPN-TV with a national audience. You'll see Oakland University's Erik Kangas, Central Michigan's Angel Chan, Marquette's Wesley Matthews, Toledo's Tyrone Kent and many other great college basketball stars. [4.3.09]

Final Four Friday®’s Team Practices and Hershey®’s College All-Star Game Give Fans Chance To Experience The NCAA® Men’s Final Four®

The NCAA and the Detroit Local Organizing Committee (DLOC) want all fans, even those without tickets to the championship games, to experience the excitement of the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four. Today the organizations announced details for Final Four Friday, which includes the Final Four team’s practices and the Hershey®’s College All-Star Game, all on the actual Final Four floor, scheduled for noon-6:30 p.m. April 3 at Ford Field in Detroit. [3.29.09]

N.E.R.D. to perform at AT&T Block Party at the NCAA® Men's Final Four during The Big Dance®

Funk rock trendsetters N.E.R.D. will headline the AT&T Block Party on Friday, April 3, the first of three days of free music concerts at The Big Dance, as part of the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four weekend in Detroit. Blending hip hop, R&B, soul, and alternative rock to produce two top 10 albums in the U.S., N.E.R.D. is the brainchild of legendary producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. [3.28.09]

Fergie, Pussycat Dolls and Gavin DeGraw to perform at the Big Dance® during NCAA® Men's Final Four® Weekend

Pop sensation Pussycat Dolls and international superstar Fergie will be among the headliners during three days of free music concerts at The Big Dance®, part of the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four weekend in Detroit. The NCAA and the Detroit Local Organizing Committee (DLOC) announced the first part of the musical lineup today for the event, which will take place April 3-5 at The Detroit Riverfront (just east of the Renaissance Center). [3.14.09]

NCAA® Hoop City® Refreshed by Coca-Cola® Brings the Ultimate NCAA® Basketball Experience to Detroit

The NCAA and the Detroit Local Organizing Committee (DLOC) invite everyone to join in the celebration of the 2009 NCAA® Men’s Final Four® weekend with the announcement of the activities and events schedule for NCAA Hoop City® refreshed by Coca-Cola®, April 3-6 at Cobo Center. Hoop City, the ultimate NCAA basketball experience, allows fans of all ages the chance to run, jump, shoot and play until the final buzzer. Activities inside Cobo Center include basketball activities, clinics, performances, photo ops, prizes, chances to experience other NCAA sports, autograph sessions and more. [3.8.09]

NCAA® Road to the Final Four® 5K Run/Walk Open for Registration (With Map)

Local and visiting NCAA basketball fans can actively partake in the excitement of NCAA® Men’s Final Four® weekend by participating in the annual Road to the Final Four 5K Run /Walk on Saturday, April 4 at 8:30 a.m. The route begins at the corner of Washington and Jefferson in downtown Detroit, outside Cobo Center. The course incorporates Detroit’s international riverfront by utilizing the RiverWalk, where the finish line is located just past the riverboat, also near Cobo Center. [3.7.09]

Countdown Begins to NCAA® March Madness®: Just 30 days remain until first game of basketball championship

NCAA March Madness begins with the start of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, in just 30 days. This year’s tournament will culminate with the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four® weekend in Detroit, which begins on April 3 and ends with the championship game on April 6. Hosting the NCAA Men’s Final Four is a historic first for Detroit. [3.1.09]

Free NCAA® YES® Clinics to be conducted at three Metro Detroit sites for the 2009 Men's Final Four®

Want your kids to catch the spirit of NCAA March Madness® in the Detroit area? Sign them up for free youth basketball clinics (for boys and girls ages 10 to 16), being conducted by many of America’s most successful men’s NCAA basketball coaches and student-athletes on Saturday, April 4, 2009, from 8 a.m. to noon. The clinics will be held at three metro Detroit locations. [2.28.09]

2009 Men's NCAA Final Four Coming to Detroit with Many FREE Events for Fans

First it was the MLB All-Star Game and then the NFL Super Bowl. Now, the 2009 Men's Final Four basketball championship game will be played in Detroit this April. A whole week-long schedule of events is planned to go along with it. Many of the supporting events are free and open to the public. Most of Detroit's hotels are already booked for Final Four week. [2.13.09]

WATCH: Exclusive Interviews at the 2009 NCAA Men's Final Four Press Conference (Quicktime)

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo interviews Bill Ryan (Executive Director of the Detroit Local Organizing Committee), Keri Gaither (Chair of the Detroit Local Organizing Committee) and Jon Witz (President of Jon Witz & Associates). Find out about all the cool events that will be taking place during the Final Four weekend. [2.13.09]

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2009 FINAL FOUR EVENTS

Final Four Friday® - Team Practices - April 3, 2009
Fans can watch each of the four participating teams at an open practice at Ford Field free of charge to the public. Practices begin at 12 pm
.

Final Four Friday® - College All-Star Game – April 3, 2009
Following the open practice, two teams of players selected by coaches from around the country will play in an all-star game that is FREE to the public.

NCAA Hoop City® refreshed by Coca Cola® - April 3 – 6, 2009
Follow the bouncing ball to Hoop City - the ultimate NCAA Basketball® experience. At Hoop City, fans of all ages can run, jump, shoot and play until the final buzzer! When we say there's something for everybody, we really mean it. There's basketball competitions, clinics, performances, photo ops, prizes, the chance to experience other NCAA® sports, autograph sessions, surprise appearances and so much more.

The Big Dance® - April 3 – 5, 2009
The Big Dance® is a FREE, multi-day entertainment-oriented and celebrity-filled festival held in downtown Detroit.

YES Clinics® hydrated by vitaminwater revive – April 4, 2009
College coaches present instructional skill sessions in basketball while NCAA Life Skills coordinators conduct sessions in personal enrichment. Parents also participate by attending their own information session.

The Road to the Final Four® 5K Run/Walk - April 4, 2009
Enjoy a course along Detroit's scenic Riverwalk. Entry fee includes a commemorative long-sleeved Nike t-shirt for the first 1,000 registants, free admission to Hoop City® refreshed by Coca-Cola®, and a chance to win 2009 NCAA Men's Final Four® tickets for all participants. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Southeastern Michigan Early Learning Communities.

NCAA® Final Four® Dribble – April 5, 2009
Thousands of youth, 18 years of age and younger, will dribble through the streets of downtown Detroit to Hoop City.

NCAA Middle School Madness -- The Middle School Madness program includes resources, lesson plans and activities that are designed to challenge young people to strive for higher levels of achievement in both athletics and academics.

Semifinals:
Saturday, April 4th
Game #1: 6:07 PM ET
Game #2: 40 minutes after the conclusion of game #1

National Championship Game
Monday, April 6th
9:21 PM ET

 

 

 

 

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