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Lots happening in Cols w/ Women's Final Four

Here's what's going on this week in Columbus with the Women's Final Four in town...


When:             Thursday, March 29 – Sunday, April 1

Times:            10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 30;

8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 1

Location:        Greater Columbus Convention Center

The official fan festival of the 2018 Women’s Final Four, Tourney Town is a FREE event jampacked with special appearances, autograph signings, interactive games, giveaways, basketball contests, youth clinics, a historical area, the new Beyond the Baseline Lounge and more.


When:             11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, March 29

Location:        Short North District, Columbus

The Women’s Final Four weekend will tip off in the Short North District with the new Thursday Pick and Roll event. Fans are invited to pop around High Street to experience Columbus shops and restaurants from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, March 29. Former players and the participating bands and spirit squads will be at select locations meeting fans throughout the day. Tourney Town, located inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center on High Street, also will be a stop filled with hours of fun activities for fans of all ages. The more places fans visit during the Thursday Pick and Roll, the more chances they have to win Women’s Final Four prizes.


When:             Thursday, March 29 – Sunday, April 1

Now in its fourth year, the Beyond the Baseline program has grown into four full days of professional development programming in Columbus for students and business professionals who are participating in Women’s Final Four activities. New this year, the Beyond the Baseline Lounge will feature motivational speakers, panelists, professional headshots, networking events, fitness sessions and so much more throughout the weekend. The Beyond the Baseline Lounge will be located inside Tourney Town at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Check for the updated Beyond the Baseline schedule. Participants can expect sessions from Olympians, WNBA players, health and fitness experts, financial planners, sportscasters and many more amazing presenters that will help the participants navigate through their careers.



When:             National semifinals — 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 30 (ESPN2)

National championship — 6 p.m. Sunday, April 1 (ESPN)

Location:        Nationwide Arena, Columbus


A limited number of single-session tickets remain, starting at $35. Tickets can be purchased online


In addition, the NCAA Ticket Exchange also offers a 100 percent guaranteed NCAA-approved secondary ticket marketplace where fans can buy and sell NCAA tickets. The NCAA Ticket Exchange can be accessed online at


NCAA tickets may not be offered as a prize in a promotion, sweepstakes or contest, or auctioned for fundraising purposes unless authorized in advance by the NCAA. The NCAA reminds fans that purchasing tickets from secondary unauthorized vendors may result in fraudulent purchases.




When:             Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 1


Former NCAA women’s basketball student-athletes from all divisions are invited to enjoy the 2018 Women’s Final Four weekend by participating in the AlumNation program, which is the ultimate homecoming experience for former players. AlumNation participants will enjoy exclusive alumni parties, invitations to Beyond the Baseline events, access to the VIP area of the Beyond the Baseline Lounge, an invitation to the AlumNation gifting suite and reserved alumni seating for both Women’s Final Four sessions. Contact Gabby Nottage (; 317-917-6820) for more AlumNation information.




When:             1 p.m. Saturday, March 31

Location:        Starts at McFerson Commons Park


The Women’s Final Four Bounce presented by Buick is FREE for kids 18 and younger who are invited to participate in this unique parade and Women’s Final Four event, joining thousands of fans dribbling their way through the Arena District and into Tourney Town — the official fan festival of the 2018 Women’s Final Four. The first 2,500 participants will receive a FREE basketball and T-shirt. Online preregistration is required.




When:             3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31

Location:        Tourney Town, Greater Columbus Convention Center 

Price:              $45 per team, $15 per individual


The third annual Women’s Final Four 3v3 Tournament tips off Saturday, March 31, at Tourney Town presented by Capital One. The 3v3 tournament has been created to bring former basketball players together to celebrate the competitive spirit and camaraderie of the weekend.


The female-only 3v3 tournament is an open registration for players age 18 and up and teams may consist of three or four members. Registration is $45 per team or $15 per individual entry fee. Individuals are welcome to register and will be placed with others into teams.


Participants will receive a Women’s Final Four 3v3 tournament jersey, three-game guarantee, championship bracket to follow completion of preliminary rounds and access to the AlumNation gifting suite if participants purchased tickets in the AlumNation section.


The winning team will gain access to the top tier of the AlumNation gifting suite if participants purchased tickets in the AlumNation section, as well as receive four tickets to the 2019 Women’s Final Four in Tampa, Florida, a transportation stipend and a four-night hotel stay at the NCAA headquarters hotel.

Current NCAA student-athletes who wish to register in the 3v3 tournament are advised that their participation may jeopardize future collegiate eligibility to participate in basketball. Furthermore, accepting any prize money or other gifts from the tournament is not permitted by NCAA legislation. Contact Gabby Nottage (; 317-917-6820) for more information.




When:             7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31

Location:        Nationwide Arena


The inaugural Super Saturday Night event will celebrate current and former women’s basketball players at all levels on a grand stage inside Nationwide Arena. As Tourney Town wraps up for the night, fans are invited to keep the festivities going in Nationwide Arena for the 3v3 championship game; on-court activities with former players as part of the Play4Kay Game; a special presentation to 2018 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Katie Smith and the Columbus Quest of the American Basketball League; fan contests; all-star autograph sessions; band and spirit squad performances of the Women’s Final Four teams; and much more. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Fans will have opportunities to donate to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund throughout the night, including auction items and Buckets4Kay.

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