Final Four included free concerts, autographs, fun for fans

by: Nelson Hicks Updated:

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ATLANTA - Fans from across the country have gathered in Atlanta for the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.

The weekend was packed full of events, including basketball games, concerts and fun for fans. And there's still a national championship game to be played.

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"We decided yesterday, we got some tickets, a friend of mine came through and got us some tickets, and we drove on down this morning and are here having a good time this afternoon," Louisville fan Matt Resche told Nelson's News on wsbtv.com.

"We're from Wichita, Kansas, and it's always been on our bucket list to go to the Final Four," Wichita State fan JoAnn Williams said. "So, when our team got in it, it was a done deal, we had to come."

Friday's events included a trio of concerts at Centennial Olympic Park. Saints of Valory, My Morning Jacket and the Zac Brown Band played.

Ludacris, Flo Rida and Muse played Saturday.

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Sting and the Dave Matthews Band played Sunday. All of the concerts were at the park and free to attend.

Across the street at the Georgia World Congress Center, the venue hosted Bracket Town. It's an event for fans to participate in numerous sports, watch exhibitions and meet some former college hoops superstars. David Robinson and Clyde Drexler signed autographs for fans on Friday. Dick Vitale, Elgin Baylor, Dominique Wilkins, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former UGA football star AJ Green signed autographs over the weekend.

James Worthy, Penny Hardaway and former UGA coach Hugh Durham are among those signing autographs at Bracket Town on Monday.

 "Me, my wife and my kids all (came) down here for a mini-vacation," Andre Wigfall said."We just (came) to get away from home and enjoy the scenery."

The Harlem Globetrotters played the Washington Generals inside Bracket Town on Friday, too.

Officials expected 100,000 people downtown over the weekend for the tournament.

Louisville and Michigan play Monday night for the title.