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Houstonians And Visitors Have Fun At The NCAA Final Four Fan Fest

The event features basketball clinics, interactive games and concerts.

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  • The NCCA Final Four fan fest is taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center through April 4th. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter / Houston Public Media)
    The NCCA Final Four fan fest is taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center through April 4th. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter / Houston Public Media)
  • The NCCA Final Four fan fest is taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center through April 4th. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
    The NCCA Final Four fan fest is taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center through April 4th. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
  • The NCCA Final Four fan fest is taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center through April 4th. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
    The NCCA Final Four fan fest is taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center through April 4th. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)

The NCAA Final Four fan fest is going on at the George R. Brown Convention Center with lots of activities, including basketball clinics, interactive games and concerts.

Both Houstonians and visitors who are in town to attend the games are enjoying themselves at the event.

"They don’t really do a lot of events here in Houston that are free or, you know, kind of fan worthy so, you know, I come out to any type of this type of event," Alec Herrera, who lives in Houston.

Ryan Paxson, who has come from South Carolina, praises the event's organization. "Everything seems to be moving pretty smooth. I actually thought it would be a lot more hectic," Paxson said.

For Jon Flores, who is visiting from Seattle, Washington, one of the things he is enjoying is Houston's layout because "I like wide open cities."

Nonetheless, not all the visitors at the fan fest are there because of the Final Four.

That is the case of Patty Pedretti, who lives in Annandale, New Jersey.

"My two kids are on spring break and they have to go back to school on Monday, but this worked out perfectly as far as, you know, the Final Four being at the end of our spring break, so my boys are having a blast," explains Pedretti.

Fan fest runs through Monday, April 4th, and children who are 12 years-old or younger can get in free of charge if they are accompanied by an adult who has purchased a ticket.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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