Final Four fast break: Ticket prices, what to see, what to do

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Fans of the day

Jesse and Kim Riggs

Hometown: Richmond, Ky.

Rooting interest: University of Kentucky. Jesse graduated in 1999, Kim in 2002.

Final Fours: Jesse’s sixth: East Rutherford, N.J. (1996); Indianapolis (1997); San Antonio (1998); Houston (2011); New Orleans (2012); Arlington (2014). Kim’s third: Houston (2011); New Orleans (2012); Arlington (2014).

Initial thoughts: “It’s nice. This is one of the nicest arenas I’ve been in, but can’t say it’s the best venue to watch basketball in.” — Jesse

“Not a fan of driving all the way to Dallas for the concerts and stuff. It’s kind of a traffic jam getting there.” — Kim

1986 look back

Longtime Louisville coach Denny Crum won his second national championship. There are only 13 coaches in history with multiple titles, including Florida’s Billy Donovan (2006, 2007). Kentucky’s John Calipari could join the list; he has one (2012). Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan and Connecticut’s Kevin Ollie have yet to win at title.

Ticket watch

$197.15- $8,200.23

Semifinals tickets range Friday afternoon on StubHub.

$111.05- $29,385

Championship tickets range Friday afternoon on StubHub.

Quotable

“He’s had to go against 17 NBA players in five years and that’s not counting what’s up now. I mean, a lot of the time he was part of the Washington Generals, like they were coming at him. Initially deer in the headlights and then it was anger — I’m not playing, what’s going on? And then it became I’m going to have fun doing this.” — Kentucky coach John Calipari on senior backup guard Jon Hood, who’s played in 13 games (one start) this season

Saturday-Monday

Bracket Town: Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas. $5 for children, $10 for adults. Schedule: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; Noon-8 p.m. Sunday; Noon-7 p.m. Monday.

Saturday

• Road to the Final Four 5K: 8:30 a.m., Fair Park, Dallas. $20-$30.

• Youth Clinics: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at TCU in Fort Worth, Elzie Odom Recreation Center, Arlington, and Duncanville Fieldhouse. Free. For grades 3 through 8. (ncaa.com/finalfour)

• March Madness Music Festival, Reunion Park: Tim McGraw headlining afternoon lineup, The Killers headlining immediately following live broadcast, 12-9 p.m.

• National semifinal: 5:09 p.m., AT&T Stadium, Arlington.

• National semifinal: Approximately 7:50 p.m., AT&T Stadium, Arlington

Sunday

• Final Four Dribble: Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Dallas City Hall. The Dribble begins at 11:30 a.m. Free 18-and-under. Children will dribble a basketball through downtown Dallas, from City Hall to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

• March Madness Music Festival, Reunion Park: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band headlining, 2-10:30 p.m.

Monday

National Championship Game: 8:10 p.m., AT&T Stadium, Arlington

Transit pass

Good for travel on DART, The T, TRE and Denton County Transit Authority. Take the TRE to the CentrePort Station and take bus shuttles to AT&T Stadium Saturday and Monday. Four-day pass, $30; one-day pass for Saturday or Monday, $10

Tickets: DART.org/FinalFour or via the GoPass app.

— Drew Davison

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