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NCAA Final Four Releases Official Fan Menu

NCAA Final Four Releases Official Fan Menu


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This March Madness concoction is Texas-shaped, and big/greasy enough for a Texas-sized appetite!

The NCAA is looking to end March Madness with a slam dunk — both on the court and in the food court. The semi-final games will take place on Saturday April 5th and the final tips off Monday April 7th at AT&T Stadium in North Texas, also home to the Dallas Cowboys, and will feature a new concessions menu for fans highlighting Southern and Tex-Mex cuisine.

"Fans from around the country will be coming to North Texas and want to experience our local and regional food traditions,” said chef Orazio LaManna, the executive chef at the stadium. “We're so excited about what we've prepared and what it will add to the fun of the Championship gameday experience at AT&T Stadium."

Fans can look forward to a chicken and waffles sandwich called “champion chicken and waffles,” with fried chicken between two Texas-shaped waffles, layered with onion rings, pepper jack cheese, pecan-maple mayonnaise, and bacon.”

The Texas torta is a Tex-Mex “full-court” pressed creation that combines pork carnita or adobo chicken, with refried beans, salsa, and other toppings on top of a Mexican torta. The Score Bent Buckle BBQ Sandwich is a slow-smoked brisket smothered in barbecue sauce.

Most of the rest of the menu features traditional stadium fare like hotdogs and hamburgers.

Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi


By the numbers: NCAA releases impressive figures, attendance for San Antonio Final Four

SAN ANTONIO – Recently released attendance numbers and figures show San Antonio once again held a successful NCAA Men’s Final Four in the Alamodome, and had an impressive showing with the fan fest and music festivals that surrounded the games.

On Friday, the NCAA released viewership and attendance numbers for this year’s tournament all the way to the Final Four and the national championship game.

According to the NCAA, this year’s tournament and Final Four was one of the most viewed and attended events in the tournament's history.

Over 97 million viewers watched in the United States from the start of the tournament to the Final Four. The tournament was also watched in 180 countries worldwide.

Livestreaming and social media engagement were also strong throughout the tournament.

The attendance for the Final Four games on Saturday, March 30, was 68,257, and attendance for the national championship game on April 1 was 67,831. (Click here to see previous Final Four attendance numbers.)

The ancillary events for Final Four weekend drew in impressive crowds as well.

An estimated 145,000 people attended the three-day music festival at HemisFair Plaza. On the final two days, the festival reached capacity hours before it ended.

A total of 52,669 people attended the fan fest at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and 15,394 fans attended Reese's Final Four Friday at the Alamodome.

A total of 2,500 volunteers took part in Final Four weekend. A total of 2,206 credentials were handed out to media covering the event, which is an all-time record, according to the NCAA.

San Antonio is currently bidding for the women's Final Four in 2021 and the men's in 2025 and 2026.

Officials with the City of San Antonio and San Antonio Sports are expected to find out about the women's tournament in the fall and the men's tournament not long after a presentation in July.


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About the NCAA

The NCAA ® is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 460,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA ® championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.

The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate Champions—AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola—and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners—Allstate, Bing (Microsoft), Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick (General Motors), Burger King, Enterprise, Infiniti, Kindle (Amazon), LG, Lowe's, Nabisco (Mondelez), Northwestern Mutual, Reese's (Hershey's), Unilever and UPS.

NCAA and NCAA Basketball are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.


All the ways the NCAA has failed its Women's March Madness teams

On Thursday afternoon, Ali Kershner, the performance coach at Stanford, posted a jarring image of the workout facilities that the women’s NCAA tournament teams had access to compared to the men. The men, who are in Indianapolis, had a giant room equipped to the gills while the women, who are in San Antonio, had one rack of dumbbells and a stack of yoga mats.

Kershner’s pictures went viral and, bowing to public pressure, the NCAA released a weak statement blaming the lack of equipment on “limited space.”

That frail excuse was debunked just as quickly, as Oregon player Sedona Prince showed in her viral TikTok.

Let me put it on Twitter too cause this needs the attention pic.twitter.com/t0DWKL2YHR

&mdash Sedona Prince (@sedonaprince_) March 19, 2021

The weight room sparked such outrage not because people have grown accustomed to men and women receiving the same treatment, but because the discrepancy was so outrageous and so obvious, it was a slap in the face.

And yet, that wasn’t even the most glaring example of the unequal treatment between the men and the women during the NCAA tournament. As news of the weight room made its way through social media, other stories started to emerge.

Here’s a side-by-side of images taken from Prince’s TikTok, and from a tweet posted by Alan Bishop, Director of Sports Performance for Men’s Basketball at University of Houston, of the food that men and women are getting.

At the least, the dining experince for the men certainly looks better.

Also noteworthy, the difference in the swag bags.

Here are the differences in amenities/provisions between the Women’s & Men’s NCAA Tournament I’ve seen so far

– Weight room/equipment
– Food
– Swag Bags

Photos from: @Cpav15, @sedonaprince_, @danhenry3, @alikershner pic.twitter.com/2YfCeXaJNn

&mdash AJ McCord (@AJ_McCord) March 19, 2021

It may seem like a minor thing, but the amount and quality of free goods sent to the athletes shows where the priorities of the organization lie, and it’s not in making the women feel welcome. As people pointed out on social media, the NCAA was so petty that the puzzles included for the men had 500 pieces, while the women got ones with only 150 pieces.

It’s absurd but the real insults keep going.

As The Athletic pointed out, the NCAA also refused to make allowances for child care for coaches during the tournament, which primarily effects the female coaching staff of women’s teams. The NCAA will offer no childcare stipend, and for mom’s who choose to bring their breastfeeding children, that child counts against the team’s traveling party.

These choices are utterly thoughtless and negatively impact women the most.

The NCAA isn't offering support for childcare and breastfeeding children count against the 34-person traveling party limit, putting women coaches in an impossible spot. Cool, cool. https://t.co/iY6LKDi4uz pic.twitter.com/2F0FVyz8nK

&mdash Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) March 19, 2021

Finally, there are the COVID tests. As first reported by Amanda Christovich, the NCAA is using PCR tests for men’s teams and daily antigen tests for the women’s teams.

On call with reporters, UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma confirms that inside their respective bubbles, men's teams are using daily PCR tests and women's teams are using daily antigen tests.

He doesn't know why they're using different types of tests.

&mdash Amanda Christovich (@achristovichh) March 19, 2021

The PCR tests are often called the ‘gold standard’ of COVID testing. According to the FDA, “antigen tests are very specific for COVID-19, but are not as sensitive as molecular PCR tests. This means that there is a higher chance of false negatives than with many molecular tests.”

NCAA President Mark Emmertn told USA TODAY he wouldn’t get into a debate over testing.

“I’m not a medical expert so not going to get into a debate about PCR and antigen. All the health experts said the protocol that we’re using in all of our venues and all of our championships has no different at all in terms of our ability to mitigate risk,” Emmert said.

The difference in COVID testing are the starkest and most brutal reminder of all the other ways the NCAA has failed its female athletes during the tournament.

The weights, the food, the swag bags were all surface level markers that showed how little the NCAA cared about the women, but the different COVID tests are irrefutable proof of who and what the organization values.

The NCAA has never prioritized the health and safety of its athletes, which is why so many athletes have chosen to speak up via the hashtag, #NotNCAAProperty, yet every new level they sink to seems like an unexpected low.

In the end, all the NCAA does is reap the financial rewards from the hard work of unpaid athletic laborers, who have long tried to make their voices and concerns heard.

This is the latest example of their utter callousness, lack of thought and fierce allegiance to a financial bottom line that enriches no one but themselves. This is not just about the women getting the very short end of the stick, but shows the lack of care, gratitude and respect the organization actually has for its female athletes.

What’s happening inside the women’s tournament is an absolute disgrace, and one that just adds to the long list of the NCAA’s embarrassments.


Final Four: Did late call on UCLA's Johnny Juzang cost Bruins the game against Gonzaga?

SportsPulse: It was never close. Baylor out classed Houston to reach their first national title game since 1948. If their star trio plays like they in the Final Four they're prime to win their first ever title. USA TODAY

INDIANAPOLIS &mdash A controversial charge call with one second remaining in regulation had UCLA fans furious at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Bruins star Johnny Juzang was driving to the lane with the score tied at 81 and appeared to draw contact from Gonzaga defenders, but big man Drew Timme drew a charge call.

Replays showed Timme to be moving but still set when he collided with Juzang and fell backward.

&ldquoAre you (expletive) kidding me, refs?&rdquo one nearby UCLA fan shouted furiously.

UCLA was playing inspired basketball against the No. 1 overall seed, trying to hand the Bulldogs their first loss of the season and pull off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history.

Johnny Juzang gives the ball back to Gonzaga. pic.twitter.com/PvwLnVT9YP

— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 4, 2021

Coach Mick Cronin&rsquos facial expression after the call said it all.

"I thought it was a well-officiated game," Cronin said afterward. "Obviously I was hoping they would call a block at the end of the play, at the end of regulation, when Johnny broke to the basket. It might have been a charge. I haven't seen the film.

"I would say this: it's the hardest play in the world for an official. And if I see the film and it looked like the guy was moving, then sometimes things aren't meant to be. And I could tell you the official, if he did miss it, I'm sure he didn't mean to. But maybe it was a charge."

Johnny Juzang is called for a charge on Drew Timme (2) with one second left in regulation. (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)

The teams went into overtime after the offensive foul call on Juzang, when the Bruins lost on a last-second shot by Jalen Suggs from nearly halfcourt.

Follow college basketball reporter Scott Gleeson on Twitter @ScottMGleeson


NCAA Final Four Releases Official Fan Menu - Recipes

The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel. Based on their advice and my discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance. While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States. This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes. We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families. Today, we will move forward and conduct championships consistent with the current information and will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed.


2021 NCAA Final Four gear, get your shirts, hats and other merchandise for all the Final Four teams

After last night’s games, the 2021 Final Four is now set and fans can get their hands on all the merchandise that the players were wearing last night including these shirts and hats.

Some of the most popular items are the official team locker room Final Four t-shirts as well as the hats for each team including Houston, Baylor, Gonzaga, and UCLA.

You can see more of the merchandise below, just click on the photo and it will take you directly to the gear.

This Houston Cougars Jordan Brand 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Final Four Bound Locker Room T-Shirt is available in sizes S-2XL and only $29.99.

This is a special event item. Orders containing this product will be shipped no later than Tuesday, April 6th.

This Baylor Bears Jordan Brand 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Final Four Bound Locker Room T-Shirt is available in sizes S-2XL and only $29.99.

This is a special event item. Orders containing this product will be shipped no later than Tuesday, April 6th.

This Gonzaga Bulldogs Jordan Brand 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Final Four Bound Locker Room T-Shirt is available in sizes S-2XL and only $29.99.

This is a special event item. Orders containing this product will be shipped no later than Tuesday, April 6th.

This UCLA Bruins Jordan Brand 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Final Four Bound Locker Room T-Shirt is available in sizes S-2XL and only $29.99.

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Take Your Shot: Wendy's Offering Big Prizes for NCAA® March Madness® Fans

DUBLIN, Ohio , March 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- It's time for The Big Dance ® , and Wendy's ® , the Official Hamburger of the NCAA ® , has big deals!

The countdown to March Madness ® is ticking away, and basketball fans across the country are gearing up for the most exciting month of the year. Wendy's knows that being a fan can be tough – between filling out the perfect bracket to your team losing on a half-court buzzer beater. Whether your team wins or loses, Wendy's has your back all tournament long with great deals and prizes, including a chance to win a trip to the NCAA Men's Final Four ® in 2020. More likely, free food, but we dare you to take your shot and go for the grand prize!

Starting today, March 11 , through April 7 *, Wendy's fans who purchase a cold, large drink will have a chance to win instant free food, $5 Wendy's mobile app credits for, you guessed it, more food, or a trip to Atlanta, Ga. , for the Final Four in 2020. The "Take Your Shot" promotion runs through April 7 *, so you'll want to get a couple of cold, large drinks as soon as possible to, you know, increase your odds. For Rules, free entry, possible earlier end date, prizes, odds, & full details, visit WendysTakeYourShot.com.

"As the Official Hamburger of the NCAA for the third consecutive year, we're kicking it up a notch and offering fans more value than ever before," said Kurt Kane , Wendy's executive vice president, chief concept and marketing officer. "We encourage all fans to get in on March Madness and 'Take Your Shot'. With plenty of prizes and promotions, Wendy's is keeping fans fueled all tournament long."

Plus, Wendy's is the exclusive Coca-Cola Freestyle launch partner for new Orange Vanilla Coke during March Madness. Orange Vanilla Coke and Orange Vanilla Coke Zero Sugar are the first flavor innovations added to the Coca-Cola® trademark in more than a decade, so swing by, fill up that large cup and give it a try.

As the tournament progresses, Wendy's will continue to announce new mobile offers, so even if your team is eliminated, Wendy's will be right there to pick you back up. Download the Wendy's mobile app today and you won't miss one minute of the action.


NCAA women's tournament will feature fan cutouts among limited capacity seating at Final Four

A fan holding a sign watches the Texas women’s basketball team play Idaho among a sea of cutouts at the Frank Erwin Center. (Photo: Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman-USA TODAY Sports)

Fan cutouts have become common sights on televised sporting events during the pandemic. They&rsquoll be part of the scenery at the women&rsquos Final Four in San Antonio as well.

The NCAA announced the cutout program that will support several charitable causes. Cutouts can be purchased online at ncaa.com/womens-final-four. All proceeds from cutouts will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, the Pat Summitt Foundation that supports Alzheimer&rsquos disease research, and the San Antonio Food Bank.

Cutouts cost $100. For an additional fee, fans can have their cutout mailed to their home after the tournament.

&ldquoThis fan cutout initiative provides an opportunity for women&rsquos basketball fans &mdash who have passionately supported the growth of the game &mdash to continue to make an impact during an unprecedented year,&rdquo said NCAA vice president of women&rsquos basketball Lynn Holzman in a statement.

&ldquoWhile the program will enhance the in-venue experience for participating teams, it will more importantly support causes that are close to the hearts of the women&rsquos basketball and San Antonio communities.&rdquo

The Alamodome, site of the Final Four, will be limited to 17% capacity for attendance.


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