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Final Four weekend gives way to the Big Dance

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Hundreds of thousands flocked to Downtown Atlanta this weekend for the Final Four weekend.

It wasn't just fans of Louisville, Wichita State, Michigan, and Syracuse, but also fans of the Zac Brown Band, Yacht Rock Revue, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ludacris, Flo Rida, MUSE, Sting, and the Dave Matthews Band poured into the downtown area for four days of college hoops, live music and other revelry.

About 100,000 people were expect to pack the Georgia Dome for the game while another 150,000 people were set to attend the free concerts at Centennial Olympic Park.

The draw on Sunday was so great that officials were forced to close Centennial Olympic Park before the Dave Matthews Band took the stage. This did not stop some eager fans from hopping the fence to try to get inside the park. FOX 5 cameras were rolling as dozens of fans tried to beat security to get into the free concert.

While the concerts series ended Sunday, there is still a lot of events going on at Bracket Town Fan Fest which has taken over the Georgia World Congress Center through Monday evening. The event offer more than 300,000 square feet of family-friendly activities. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children.

And all these events culminates with the championship game at 9 p.m. on Monday at the Georgia Dome. The Louisville Cardinals will meet the Michigan Wolverines on the hardwood to determine the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

The biggest obstacle may be parking. Streets in the downtown area will be closed, placing parking spots at a premium.

Parking at most places will $20 if you can find it. Some spots were seen as high at $50. Organizers expect parking to be sold out every day by noon.

MARTA will have extra trains going. They say the usual train ride will be trimmed down to 10 minutes.

Several area restaurants are adopting teams and serving as fan headquarters. Here's the full list of the fan headquarters locations:

Buckhead
Michigan: Buffalo Wild Wings, 3535 Peachtree Rd NE #105, Atlanta (404) 856-5543
Louisville: The Bucket Shot, 3475 Lenox Rd NE  Atlanta, (404) 261-9244

Downtown:
Michigan: Gibney's Pub, 231 Peachtree Center Ave NE  Atlanta, (404) 688-0928
Louisville: Meehan's, 200 Peachtree Street Atlanta, (404) 214-9821

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