Final Four Festivities Will Create Traffic Trouble

Festivities for the NCAA Final Four will force road closures and create high-traffic areas as the basketball finals come to North Texas this week.

Though the games will be played in Arlington, drivers will see Final Four-related impacts in Dallas as well.

Around AT&T Stadium in Arlington, where the games will be played, AT&T Way will be closed to through traffic between Randol Mill Road and Cowboys Way while preparations are underway. Parking lots around AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park will be available for the event days, but it'll cost you. We looked at regular vehicle parking for the event and found parking alone will cost $45.

A better option for Final Four attendees may be to snag a Final Four Fan Express Transit Pass. For $30 the pass will let you ride Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Trinity Railway Express, Denton County Transit Authority, and Fort Worth's The-T transit services for four days — April 4-7. On days with events at AT&T Stadium (Friday, Saturday, and Monday), riders will travel via the TRE to CentrePort Station and then take shuttle buses to the stadium.

In Dallas, some roads will be closed around Reunion Park, where the free concert series is scheduled to be held on April 4-6. But even before the Springsteen and others turn on their amps, Hotel Street and Sport Street will be fully closed to traffic from Reunion Boulevard East to Memorial Drive until April 11 at 5 p.m. After that time, only two southbound lanes from Reunion Boulevard East to Memorial Drive and two northbound lanes of Sport Street from Memorial to Reunion will be closed. By 5 p.m. on April 13, the city said they will reopen.

On the three main concert days — April 4, 5, and 6 — Reunion Boulevard East from I-35E/Stemmons Freeway to Houston Street, Hotel Street from Reunion Boulevard East to the entrance of the Hyatt will be closed. Additionally, the Reunion Boulevard West and Hotel Street closure from Reunion to Hyatt will turn to two-way traffic two hours before the event.

Confusing? Yep. That's why we're recommending you just take DART. Union Station and Convention Center Station will get you really close via the Blue or Red lines. Or, you can take the Green or Orange lines to Victory Station, then hop on a shuttle bus to get to Union Station. There are plenty of details on DART's Final Four page to help you get to the events.

Security Policies

AT&T Stadium and the NCAA have constructed a list of security policies for the 2014 NCAA Men's Final Four. Ladies, pay close attention because only a selected type of bags will be permitted inside the stadium. Approved bags consist of clutch purses and clear plastic storage bags of specific sizes. Certain items such as outside food, video cameras, and more will be prohibited from getting inside the stadium. Behavior policies will also be strictly enforced and any misbehavior can result in expulsion. Other miscellaneous items will be prohibited. To know the specific security policies you can go to NCAA's official website.

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