Around and about at the Final Four.
The Hyatt Regency is UConn headquarters in Dallas. Players, former players, families and alumni crowded the lobby in blue and white as they arrived for Saturday's game at nearby Arlington. You could also find them at Monduel's Restaurant inside the hotel. The bar is serving a drink created just for UConn fans to enjoy while in town for the championship. Jonathan's Treat is a grapefruit mojito served in a tall glass with muddled mint and rum. The drink is refreshing and not too sweet … not sweet on the wallet either — the cocktail is $12.
Charles Barkley Takes The Escalator
To some it might not be a big deal, but to UConn fans, the rule is "no escalators." Late Friday night, as fans were filtering in from final flights, Charles Barkley, in a unassuming light blue polo, made his way down a hallway on the first floor of the Hyatt Regency. One young UConn fan couldn't help himself and said out loud, "Is that Charles Barkley? That's Awesome!" Then it happened. He took the escalator down.
March Madness Music Festival
The Final Four may be the biggest game in college basketball, but it also brought some of the biggest names in music to Dallas. As part of the championship festivities, a giant three-day music festival featuring Jason Aldean, the Killers, Tim McGraw, Bruce Springsteen and FUN. took over Reunion Park right outside the Hyatt Regency Friday through Sunday. Whether or not locals had a team to root for in the games, their cheers could be heard streets over and music filled the air as an estimated 175,000 country and rock fans attended the outdoor shows complete with a giant Ferris wheel.
Sending Their Team Off
After a pep rally held in the ballroom of the Hyatt, a crowd of UConn fans led by Jonathan and the cheerleaders stood and waited to cheer their team as the players boarded the bus to the Final Four. Led by Shabazz Napier and with Kevin Ollie at the end, the Huskies made their way out to their bus to a number of chants and fans taking pictures and video.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun