Posted by Jay Jacobs on Tuesday, March 30, 2010
||More than 70,000 is expected for this weekend's Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
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MSN basketball analyst Jay Jacobs offers Mountaineer basketball fans some tips on how to enjoy this weekend’s Final Four experience, the school’s first since Jacobs was a member of the 1959 team that lost to Cal in the finals.
Jay’s Six Musts This Week in Indianapolis
1. Soak in the color and the pageantry of the Final Four
The size and scope of Lucas Oil Stadium is impressive. This will, by far, be the largest crowd the Mountaineers have ever played in front of with estimates of more than 70,000 for each game on Saturday.
2. Catch the hotel buzz
Mountaineer fans are the best in the nation and the atmosphere in the lobby of the team hotel is always something really exciting to experience.
3. Enjoy Downtown Indianapolis
During the Final Four everybody is out and about during the day and that just brings an air of excitement to the entire weekend.
4. Bring your binoculars
Don’t forget to bring your binoculars, not only to catch the action on the floor, but also to scan the crowd looking for all of the celebrities that will be in attendance this weekend. Also, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) holds its annual convention during Final Four weekend and a Who’s Who of coaches past and present will be in Indianapolis to take in the games. Everybody who is anybody will be there.
5. Get to the arena as early as possible
In order to get a real feel for the atmosphere of the Final Four I encourage you to get to the arena as early as you can. This is one of America’s great sporting events and something that you will always remember.
6. Come to the open shoot-around on Friday
Going to the open shoot-around is a must for any college basketball fan. You will get an opportunity to see the other teams that you read about and watch on television throughout the year. They are all there within a span of an hour.
Enjoy your weekend and Let’s Go Mountaineers!