Fans visiting the city for the final games will be treated like royalty, thanks to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four Fan Block, Final Four Fan Gathering Restaurants, and dozens of free, family friendly events.
Also timed to the 2012 Women’s Final Four festivities, Denver B-cycle offers a half price special of $4 for a 24-hour membership from March 31 to April 3, encouraging visitors and locals to stay active by biking to the many NCAA Women’s Final Four events happening around the city. To participate in the deal, visit any one of the 52 stations around the city or log on to denver.bcycle.com. No promotion code or coupon necessary.
Final Four Fan Block Hotels and Fan Gathering Restaurants
Don’t be left out! Stay and play near the action in the Final Four Fan Block and meet old friends, new friends, and fellow alumni at the Downtown Denver establishments listed by teams below.
Hotel: The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa
321 17th St., Denver, CO 80202
Presidents, rock stars, executives, and discerning travelers all choose the one-of-a-kind ambiance of the historically luxurious Brown Palace Hotel and Spa – Denver’s only four-star, four-diamond hotel.
Gathering Restaurant: Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers & Bar
1201 16th St. at Tabor Center, Denver, CO
Unique locally owned pizza joint featuring hand-tossed, premium stone-baked pizzas made with the finest ingredients in innovative combinations, plus hoagies, calzones, and fresh salads. Vegetarian and gluten-free options. Full bar with focus on craft beers. Spacious dining area features 17 flat screen TVs, glowing bar-top, and heated patio.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Hotel: The Westin Denver Downtown
1672 Lawrence St., Denver, CO 80202
This four-diamond luxury hotel in downtown Denver is on the 16th Street Mall and is within walking distance to shopping, dining, and entertainment, and is minutes from all major sporting venues.
Gathering Restaurant: Wynkoop Brewing Company
1634 18th St., Denver, CO
The largest brewpub in the US is located in historic downtown Denver. This unique and well-established brewery offers freshly brewed-onsite beer and hearty pub fare, live comedy in the basement, and a BCA sanctioned billiards parlor upstairs. A local favorite, Colorado Governor Hickenlooper brewed and served the Wynkoop’s first pint back in 1988.
**Be sure to try the Wynkoop’s “Malt Madness” beer, specially brewed for the NCAA Women’s Final Four.
University of Connecticut (U. Conn) Huskies
Hotel: Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton St., Denver, CO 80202
Treat yourself to an exceptional hotel experience, just one block from the 16th Street Mall and walking distance to Denver’s best attractions. The Grand Hyatt includes 516 of the largest accommodations in the region, 1876 Restaurant, indoor pool and fitness center, outdoor jogging tracking, and tennis court.
Gathering Restaurant: Tavern Downtown
1949 Market St., Denver, CO
Catering to the young, hip crowd and the post-sports event fans, and offering a beautiful bar, fireplace, lounge, plasma television screens, game room, dining room and dance floor. Three rooftop decks overlooking Coors Field.
Baylor Lady Bears
Hotel: Denver Marriott City Center
1701 California St., Denver, CO 80202
Soaring over the Mile High City, this beautiful downtown hotel takes service and sophistication to spectacular new heights with amazing views of the Rocky Mountains in the newly renovated guest rooms, suites, and fitness center.
Gathering Restaurant: Brothers Bar and Grill
1920 Market St., Denver, CO
Located two blocks from Coors Field, Brothers is family friendly and offers a made-from-scratch menu featuring salads, burgers, wraps and more. One of the area’s largest tap beer selections, 26 HDTVs and a spacious patio with open fire pit. Open daily at 11 am.
Many NCAA Women’s Final Four Events are FREE
It’s more than three games! While tickets are required for the games (still available here), many events around the games are free, making a perfect family-friendly weekend in Denver. Events include:
Tourney Town™ Refreshed By Coca-Cola Zero™
When: March 30-April 3
Where: Colorado Convention Center
Tourney Town Refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero will be the “host city” and epicenter for all Women’s Final Four fan and community activities. Held in the Colorado Convention Center, the event is free and open to the public. Visitors will enjoy entertainment, concerts, food, licensed merchandise, autograph sessions, basketball clinics, exhibits, games and interactive displays. Tourney Town events include:
· The Center Stage, featuring entertainment from local, regional and national talent, all in a festival-style atmosphere of food, retail experiences, and concessions. Music sensation Jewel will perform a free concert at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31.
· NCAA Pep Rally (April 1, 1-1:30 p.m.), featuring performances by the pep bands, cheerleading squads and mascots from the Women’s Final Four teams.
· AT&T Mascot Challenge (April 2, noon-1 p.m.), where the school’s mascots display their own unique skills in a head-to-head competition live on Center Stage.
Mile High Magic Salute Premiere
When: March 30, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Buell Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Walk the red carpet and see the charismatic entrance of the teams competing in the Women’s Final Four. The event, hosted by ESPN commentator Sage Steele, pays tribute to the coaches and student-athletes in a celebratory Salute. The red carpet arrival of the teams is open to the public, while tickets are required for the Salute.
POWERADE® NCAA Youth Clinics
When: March 31, 8:30 a.m.
Where: ThunderRidge and South High Schools
The POWERADE NCAA Youth Clinics serve as an NCAA outreach initiative that youth participate in throughout the city of Denver. Boys and girls will have the opportunity to learn and enhance their sports, conditioning and life skills with women’s basketball coaches and student-athletes, as well as collegiate administrators and basketball experts from various parts of the country. NCAA Youth Clinics encourage children, ages 8-16, to participate in basketball training, as well as on organized team sports, and stress the importance of participation rather than winning. These “active participation” sessions will cater to the developmental level of each participant, providing them with the fundamental tools they need for basketball. Through a focus on discipline, confidence and commitment, these youth will use what they have learned through athletics and apply them to other areas of their lives. Free and open to the public.
4Kay® Run Hydrated by POWERADE ZERO™
When: March 31, 9 a.m.
Where: Downtown Denver
The 5th annual 4Kay Run, a mainstay of the Women’s Final Four weekend of events, is held in honor of the late North Carolina State women's basketball coach Kay Yow. Proceeds from the run will benefit cancer research through the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Walkers are strongly encouraged to participate. Online registration is $20, with on-site registration $25. The first 1,500 registrants will receive a 4Kay Run T-shirt donated by Nike.
Open Practices and Team Autograph Sessions
When: March 31, 10:45 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.
Where: Pepsi Center
Catch the Women’s Final Four teams in action during open practice sessions. Attendees can get autographs from the Women’s Final Four student-athletes and coaches on complimentary commemorative posters courtesy of AT&T. Free and open to the public.
Battle of the Bands
When: March 31, 3:45-4:15 p.m.
Where: Pepsi Center
Always a Women’s Final Four fan favorite, this energy-filled competition features the pep bands from the four competing schools displaying their skills. The fans will select the winner of the Battle of the Bands at open practice. Free and open to the public.
WBCA High School All-American Game
When: March 31, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Pepsi Center
This prestigious event features the nation’s most gifted female high school basketball players. Free and open to the public.
Mile High Dribble
When: April 1, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Civic Center Park
The Mile High Dribble will feature several thousand youth dribbling their way from Civic Center Park to Tourney Town at the Colorado Convention Center. Youth, 18 and under, are invited to participate in the free event at which participants receive a t-shirt and basketball, donated by the NCAA and Wilson® Sporting Goods Co. There will be entertainment, activities and lots of free fun for the whole family! Tourney Town will welcome dribblers and fans with live music and performances throughout the afternoon. Free and open to the public.
For more information, please go to VISITDENVER.com/WFF.