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iFolloSports Guide To The 2013 Final Four (Team Hotels, NABC Info, Events)

Louisville JW Marriott Buckhead, Syracuse Westin Buckhead, Wichita State Grand Hyatt Buckhead, Michigan Renaissance Atlanta Waverly HotelThis weekend, the college basketball universe descends on the Peach State, as the Georgia Dome in Atlanta plays host to the 2013 NCAA Men’s Final Four. iFollosports.com is your source for information regarding the scene surrounding the event.

Below is a breakdown of the places to be.

 

Final Four Games

Georgia Dome

Located at 1 Georgia Dome Drive NW, on the edge of downtown Atlanta

 

National Semifinals

Wichita State vs. Louisville  6:09 ET

Syracuse vs. Michigan  8:49 ET

 

National Championship Game

Monday Night   9:23 ET

*All games will be televised on CBS

 

 

Team Hotels

 

Louisville

J.W. Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

3300 Lenox Rd NE, adjacent to the Lenox Square Mall (Buckhead area of Atlanta)

 

Syracuse

The Westin Buckhead Atlanta

3391 Peachtree Rd NE, adjacent to the Lenox Square Mall (Buckhead area of Atlanta)

 

Wichita State

Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

3300 Peachtree Rd NE, half mile south of the Lenox Square Mall (Buckhead area of Atlanta)

 

*Buckhead is located approximately 8 miles north of downtown Atlanta

 

Michigan

Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center

2450 Galleria Parkway, near the intersection of I-75 & I-285 (8 miles northwest of Lenox Square Mall)

 

 

National Association of Basketball Coaches Convention

 

Georgia World Congress Center

285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, downtown Atlanta

 

Hilton Atlanta

255 Courtland St NE, downtown Atlanta

 

*Annual meeting of the nation’s college basketball coaches. Excellent opportunity to interact with the NCAA’s men of the sidelines. Event runs through Monday.

 

 

 

Final Four Headquarters & Media Hotel

 

Atlanta Marriott Marquis

265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, downtown Atlanta

 

Final Four Media Workroom

 

Georgia World Congress Center

285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, downtown Atlanta

 

 

 

Bracket Town Refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero

 

Georgia World Congress Center

285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, downtown Atlanta

 

*Interactive fan experience, where hoops followers can participate in autograph signings, clinics, basketball competitions and so much more. Event runs through Monday.

 

 

 

The Big Dance Concert Series

 

Centennial Olympic Park

65 Park Ave W Northwest, downtown Atlanta

 

*Free of charge event includes a variety of activities, most noteworthy being a series of concerts featuring Zac Brown Band, Ludacris, Flo Rida, Sting, Dave Matthews Band and many others. Event runs through Sunday.

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Jon Rapoport has spent his career working on all sides of the media and sports industry. He began his career at ESPN in studio production at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. While there, he won an Emmy for his contribution to "SportsCenter." Following his tenure at ESPN, Jon relocated to Los Angeles, joining the staff of the “Best Damn Sports Show” on FOX Sports Net.

Upon leaving the show, Jon worked in Web site and sports radio show development/production, with Major League Baseball in media operation logistics for the World Baseball Classic and on behalf of Los Angeles’ effort to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics back to Southern California. Jon currently writes a political blog for the Los Angeles edition of Examiner.com.

Born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota (just outside of Minneapolis), Jon is an avid sports fan, particularly for his beloved Minnesota teams. Jon graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his BA in communication and interned for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in New York City and Washington D.C. He is married and resides in Los Angeles.  

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