March Madness has become a national epidemic of sports and travel indulgence. And between March 31 and April 2, “March Madness Maniacs”, teams from South Carolina, Stanford, UConn and Mississippi State and visitors to the DFW-area will get their chance when the Women’s NCAA Women’s Final Four is in the area for the first time.
So if you’re fortunate enough to be coming to the area for this years’ tournament (or even if you’re in the area exploring something else) you need to have a plan. Here’s a few thoughts and ideas:
Of course, basketball isn’t the only attraction, as there are plenty of other activities happening in Dallas for everyone. Renowned country artist Pat Green will play a free concert outside the arena on April 2 hours before the start of the championship game.
Fellow country artist Jennifer Nettles will also play a private concert on April 1.
But other than the games themselves, the biggest attraction surrounding this event could be Tourney Town, a basketball-themed extravaganza containing everything from basketball contests and giveaways to youth clinics.
Visit the NCAA Sports Science and Statistics area to see how your basketball skills stack up against some of the best players and moments in Women’s Final Four display.
Or if you’re a thrill-seeker, head over to the zip-line, which sits 28 feet in the air and will take two visitors some 180 feet while zipping along at a brisk 15-20 miles per hour.
Those who feel no experience is complete without a selfie to document the occasion can take photos with the NCAA Women’s Championship Trophy or a giant version of the NCAA Women’s Tournament bracket.
On Saturday, the teams playing in the championship will sign autographs for fans in Tourney Town. Other women’s basketball legends will also have signing sessions throughout the weekend.
In Between Games
And if you want a break from basketball, there are plenty of attractions a short walk from the arena, like Dallas World Aquarium or Klyde Warren Park — a great spot to relax, take in downtown and maybe grab a bite from one of their many food trucks. Other ideas include visiting the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the Samurai Collection, a free museum atop the St. Anne’s Building, which houses a popular eatery on the ground floor.
Speaking of food, some say no trip to downtown Dallas is complete without a stop at noted burger joint Shake Shack, located in the Crescent Court complex, also a short walk from AAC.
Make the most of your #DFWWeekend and check out the full event and game schedule here.
Photos Courtesy: Brandon Colston, Dallas Stars