Complete coverage of NCAA Final Four

April 6, 2008 5:08:06 PM PDT
Plans are underway for this weekend's NCAA basketball games.

Join ABC 11 for a special program, Turn it Blue: Carolina Chasing a Championship, Friday night at 7 p.m.

Eyewitness News will be live in San Antonio and Chapel Hill on Saturday night with exclusive team access and interviews, along with extended post-game coverage after the national semi-final game.

Men's Final Four Viewing

On Saturday, fans are invited to view the NCAA semifinals broadcast on the Tar Heels' home court, the Dean E. Smith Center.

The UNC Department of Athletics, Division of Student Affairs and Rams Club will sponsor a 15-by-20-foot screen and open 15,000 seats in the Smith Center for free viewing of Final Four festivities.

Carolina students, faculty and staff with university I.D.s will be admitted first, at 5 p.m. Saturday at Entrance A. Doors will open to everyone else at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday's first semifinal, matching Memphis and UCLA, is scheduled to begin at 6:07 p.m. Carolina will play Kansas in the second game, set to tip 40 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Should the Tar Heels advance to the national championship game, scheduled to tip off at 9:21 p.m. Monday, big-screen viewing at the Smith Center will be offered. Students, faculty and staff with University I.D.s will be admitted at 8 p.m. and everyone else at 8:30 p.m.

Concessions and Final Four Merchandise will be on sale. Alcohol is not sold at the Smith Center, nor may patrons bring alcoholic beverages with them to the arena or any other items deemed inappropriate by Smith Center personnel.

Free parking will be available at the Smith Center, off Bowles Drive, and in the nearby Kenan-Flagler Business School deck.

Large televisions in lounges of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union also will show the games.

Street Celebrations Following Victories

History and tradition has shown that Franklin Street will be the focal point of any victory celebrations.

The Town of Chapel Hill has plans to provide for the safety during the celebrations.

Franklin Street from Raleigh Street to Mallette Street and Columbia Street from Cameron Avenue to Rosemary Street will close if UNC wins and based on the crowd size. Also no vehicular traffic will be allowed in the closed area.

    The following information is of importance to visitors:
  • Parking meters on East Franklin Street, Henderson Street and North Columbia Street will be bagged for No Parking starting at 3:30 p.m.
  • Vehicles parked on any of those streets will be towed starting at 7p.m.
  • Parking in North Alley and South Alley is discouraged. When the streets close, vehicles parked in these alleys will not have access to the street to leave.
  • No alcoholic beverages will be allowed in the closed area. This restriction is authorized by a Town ordinance making it unlawful to possess alcoholic beverages.

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