Denver Deal: Women’s NCAA Final Four has Fun in Denver
Starting March 30, Denver will host the 2012 NCAA Women’s Final Four. The Women’s Final Four is the best of the best in women’s college basketball. However, the event is much more than just the games on the court. There will be so much fabulous fun that everyone can participate! There will be plenty of “hoop-la” for the whole family and Denver-area residents are encouraged to get out and experience all they can during the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Denver. And the best part? Many of the activities are FREE (YES! my favorite word).
Tourney town is the center of FREE events at the Colorado Convention Center. Events include: entertainment, concerts, food, licensed merchandise, autograph sessions, youth clinics, exhibits, games and interactive displays. There is a FREE Jewel concert Saturday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m. Talent Showdown on Center Stage Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. Tourney Town is open March 30-31, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and April 1, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Super Saturday is as close as you can get to the on-court action other than having a ticket. The event is FREE (and so is parking!) Watch the Women’s Final Four teams practice, get autographs from the student-athletes and coaches, watch a Battle of the Bands competition featuring pep bands from the four institutions displaying their school spirit and see the WBCA High School All-America Game featuring the nation’s most gifted female high school basketball players. It all happens on March 31. Open Practices – 11 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Autograph Sessions – 10:45 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. Battle of the Bands – 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. WBCA High School All-America Game – 4:30 p.m.
March 30, at Denver’s Buell Theatre, walk the red carpet and share the charismatic entrance of the Women’s Final Four teams. Sage Steele, host of ESPN’s Sports Center will emcee the event and the Silhouettes (America’s Got Talent runner up) will perform. FREE team grand entrance (red carpet presentation of teams) begins at 6 p.m. Event starts at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $20/person.
Run or walk the 4K (2.49 miles) course which begins at Civic Center Park. Held in honor of the late North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach Kay Yow. The race benefits cancer research through the Kay Yow Cancer Fund®. The first 1,500 registrants will receive an event t-shirt donated by Nike™. All participants will be eligible to win prizes and awards. Online registration is $20, with on-site registration $25. The first 1,500 registrants will receive a 4Kay Run T-shirt donated by Nike. The event is March 31, starting at 9 a.m.
Youth clinics are open to youth ages 8 to 16. Participants will receive instruction from NCAA coaches and student-athletes and get valuable information on fitness, healthy lifestyles and sportsmanship. Clinics take place at ThunderRidge High School and South High School. All participants will receive a FREE t-shirt and Wilson® Sporting Goods Co. mini-basketball. Clinics are March 31, 8:30 – 12:30 a.m.
Youth 18 and under will DRIBBLE through Downtown Denver from Civic Center Park to Tourney Town. The first 2,500 participants receive an event basketball and t-shirt, donated by the NCAA and Wilson® Sporting Goods Co. Come early (pre-registration check-in starts at 10 a.m.) to enjoy the FREE entertainment, activities and fun! Tourney Town will welcome dribblers and fans with live music and performances throughout the afternoon. Event is April 1, 11:30 a.m.
The same space that was previously an ice skating rink, is now a basketball court. Skyline Park in downtown Denver offers free basketball clinics and corporate games.
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