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Free Final Four events in Phoenix: 3 free events to do this weekend in Phoenix, Glendale

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Posted at 1:37 PM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-30 12:46:11-04

With the Final Four in town, thousands of people will flock to Phoenix to cheer on their favorite team.

The festivities are more than just the title game, including Fan Fest and the March Madness Music Festival. Some activities require paid admission, while others do not.

FAN GUIDE: What you need to know about the events, concerts, parking and games.

To help your wallet out, these are the Final Four events you don't have to pay anything to experience (aside from parking).

Before you go, make sure to read about the "clear bag" policy and which items are prohibited from Final Four events.


FINAL FOUR FRIDAY (MARCH 31)

On Friday, March 31, the South Carolina Gamecocks, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Oregon Ducks and North Carolina Tarheels will hit the court at University of Phoenix Stadium for practice.

It's an open practice which means the public can watch for free! Parking is free, too. Each team will practice for an hour. After that, the College All-Star Game begins.

SCHEDULE:

10 a.m. | Doors open
10:30 a.m. - 10:55 a.m | Hardwood Heroes Game
11 a.m. | South Carolina practice
12 p.m. | Gonzaga Bulldogs practice
1 p.m. | Oregon Ducks practice
2 p.m. | North Carolina practice
3:30 p.m. | All-Star Game starts (All-Star players to sign autographs from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)

University of Phoenix Stadium is located at 1. Cardinals Way, Glendale AZ 85305. Before you go, make sure to read about the "clear bag" policy and which items are prohibited.


MARCH MADNESS MUSIC FESTIVAL (MARCH 31 - APRIL 2)

Keith Urban, Aerosmith, The Chainsmokers, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will headline a free three-day music festival at Phoenix's Hance Park.

That's right! There is no ticket required to attend the nightly concerts. You will want to get to the park early because it is expected to be busy, plus you're going to want to get the best seat possible.

There is NO parking available at the park, however. Your options are to find a paid parking garage or lot (not free), park at one of Valley Metro's 11 Park-and-Ride locations (free) and take the light rail ($4 all-day pass) to the park. You could also try to find a meter. The meters are enforced daily from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

SCHEDULE:

March 31 - AT&T Block Party
Doors open at 4 p.m. Concerts end at 10 p.m.
 
Keith Urban
Justin Moore
Michael Ray
The Head and The Heart
 
April 1 - Coca-Cola Music
Doors open at 2 p.m. Concerts end at 10:30 p.m.
 
The Chainsmokers
Grouplove
Leon Bridges
Capital Cities
 
April 2 - Capital One JamFest
Doors open at 3 p.m. Concerts end at 10 p.m.
 
Aerosmith
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Blink 182
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
 
 
Hance Park is located between Fifth Avenue and Third Street.
 

FAN FEST DISCOUNT FOR ARIZONA COLLEGE STUDENTS & CAPITAL ONE CARDHOLDERS.

 
This freebie is only available to Capital One credit cardholders and students attending certain colleges in Arizona. Being up front, there are some specifics that you need to pay attention to.
 
Capital One credit cardholders can receive two (2) complimentary tickets to Fan Fest at Phoenix Convention Center. All you have to do is show your card at the ticket purchase window. Details here.
 
Students at Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Grand Canyon University and Northern Arizona University can receive free admission to Fan Fest on Monday, April 3, 2017. Make sure you have your student ID because you will have to present it.
 
The Phoenix Convention Center is located at 100 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004.
 
 

WATCH ESPN'S BROADCAST LIVE FROM WESTGATE

 
ESPN will broadcast its Final Four coverage live from Westgate Entertainment District's  Fountain Park from April 1-3. This includes TV and radio, according to a news release.
 
We're told the sports network will broadcast from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear their favorite team's apparel.
 
While it does not cost anything to see the ESPN set or watch their broadcasts, Westgate Entertainment District will charge you to park. Parking varies between $10 - $20.
 
Westgate is located at 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale AZ 85305.