ifollosports.com's guide to the 2011 Men's Final Four in Houston

This weekend, the college basketball world descends on America's fourth largest city. Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas is the site of the 2011 NCAA Men's Final Four. The Bayou City will be a buzz with activity throughout the next several days. ifollosports.com is your source for information regarding the scene surrounding the event.


Below is a breakdown of the events and places to be.


Final Four Games

Reliant Stadium

Located off the southern portion of Interstate Loop 610, between Kirby Street and Fannin Street. Sits within the Reliant Park complex, which also includes the Reliant Astrodome and Reliant Arena.


National Semifinals

VCU vs. Butler  6:09 ET/5:09 local in Houston

Connecticut vs. Kentucky  8:49 ET/7:49 local in Houston


National Championship Game

Monday Night   9:23 ET/8:23 local in Houston

*All games will be televised on CBS



Team Hotels in Houston



Hotel Derek

2525 W Loop S Freeway, Uptown (Galleria) Area of Houston



Sheraton Suites Houston Near The Galleria

2400 West Loop South, Uptown (Galleria) Area of Houston



JW Marriott Houston

5150 Westheimer, Uptown (Galleria) Area of Houston



Hilton Houston Post Oak

2001 Post Oak Boulevard, Uptown (Galleria) Area of Houston


*All team hotels are located near the Houston Galleria shopping mall. A major center of activity within the city.  This area is 7.5 miles northwest of Reliant Stadium.


National Association of Basketball Coaches Convention


George R. Brown Convention Center

1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Downtown Houston


Hilton Americas Houston

1600 Lamar, Downtown Houston (adjacent to convention center)


*Annual meeting of the nation's college basketball coaches.  Excellent opportunity to interact with the NCAA's best men of the sideline.


Final Four Media Hotel


Crowne Plaza Houston

8686 Kirby Drive, one block from Reliant Park complex


*A major center of media and basketball related activity during the Final Four.


Bracket Town refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero


George R. Brown Convention Center

1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Downtown Houston


*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


Discovery Green

Located directly across the street from the George R. Brown Convention Center


*Event includes a variety of activities, most noteworthy are a series of concerts featuring Kings of Leon, Kenny Chesney and many others.