Final Four countdown in New Orleans

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Posted on February 27, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 5 at 11:16 AM

Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News
Email: pmurphy@wwltv.com | Twitter: @pmurphywwl

NEW ORLEANS -- We are counting down the days to college basketball's premier event in the Superdome. 

The Final Four will tip off in New Orleans in a little more than a month.

Monday, about a hundred people with critical roles in putting on the tournament met at a downtown hotel to go over the final plans.

Representatives from the NCAA, local organizing committee, city government and others did a hour by hour review of final four week March 26 through April 2.

"The actual games themselves are probably about 15% of the total event," said organizing committee co-director Vince Granito. "It's a very fan friendly weekend. There's a lot of things going on that are free to the public."

Tournament related activities include youth clinics, free concerts in Woldenberg Park and the NCAA final four dribble.

That's where 3000 kids will get a chance to dribble basketballs down Poydras Street from the Superdome to the Morial Convention Center.

"You get a t-shirt, you get a ball, you get free access into Bracket Town," said NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Director Jacqie Carpenter. "Bring you family. Bring your friends. Just have a really good time."

The NCAA is expected to take over the dome two weeks before the Final Four.

The event's architect Jerry Anderson is impressed with recent renovations and improvements to the stadium.

"From the widening of the concourses, to some of the changing in the seats, to widening on the ramps coming up, all those of things were absolutely terrific," said Anderson. "It helps us put on that game better. I think it's a great future addition. The Superdome is now ready for years and years to come."

Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Col. Jerry Sneed says the Final Four will be another all hands on deck event for the city.

"A lot of planning. A lot of coordination with the Superdome and the event people, police fire ems, sanitation, taxi cab bureau. Everybody is involved in making this event worth while and safe."

The NCAA says there are still plenty of slots left for the youth clinics and Final Four Dribble.

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