The month of March is great for a variety of reasons. For starters, if you live in the Midwest the onset of spring is a welcomed transformation from months of cold and snow. Grass starts to turn green and if you’re a birder like my wife, some fine-feathered friends that have been missing all winter return.
For me, the best part of March comes about halfway through the month when college basketball takes center stage. In Indianapolis we get the extra special treat of being a regular host of the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Final Four in our hometown. It transforms downtown into a sea of crazed fans and the atmosphere can best be described as well-planned chaos and pure enjoyment.
The Men’s Final Four came to Indianapolis last year and left its mark on history with local underdogs, the Butler Bulldogs, making their improbable run to the championship game – something they’re looking to repeat again this weekend. This year, the Women’s Final Four comes to town April 3-5, ready to make its own headlines.
Brittney Griner and the Baylor Bears are in the running for a spot, as is Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history, men or women, and her Tennessee Lady Vols. But they’ll have to get past Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies, the 2009 and 2010 champions.
Coming to Indianapolis for the Final Four is a great time to visit the city as a couple, and the games are just the start of it. Head to Tourney Town which will feature plenty of interactive entertainment and music from local and national groups, including headliner Kellie Picker. There’s also the battle of the bands, or you can take part in the 4Kay Run or the Circle City Dribble. For food, you can check out the more than 200 restaurants downtown, and there are a wide variety of hotels to choose from, including the brand new J.W. Marriott.
There’s plenty to do for both of you, and the environment will make for a great time so head to Indianapolis for the Women’s Final Four.