Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Photo courtesy of ACVB | Melissa McAlpine

Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Photo by ACVB, Melissa McAlpine

Plan Your Trip to the Final Four in Atlanta

Tips for where to play, where to eat and where to stay in Atlanta for the 2020 NCAA Men's Final Four.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The NCAA announced on March 12 it is canceling the 2020 men's and women's basketball championships and all other remaining winter and spring sports because of the coronavirus.

For more information, visit Explore Georgia's COVID-19 travel information page.

April 3-6, 2020, Atlanta will host some of the most exciting days in sports: The NCAA Men's Final Four. The city loves its sports fans, hosting dozens of sporting events throughout the year, but these games are big. The event culminates with the NCAA Division I National Championship Game on Monday, April 6. Set in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, you won’t want to miss a minute of the festivities.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Where are the Final Four games held?

The Final Four games and the National Championship Game will be at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is a short walk from the heart of downtown Atlanta. Also during the weekend, the Division II and III men's national championship games will be held at State Farm Arena.

How do you get to Mercedes-Benz Stadium?

Parking decks and lots are located near the stadium, but to avoid driving, take MARTA trains to the Vine City, Georgia World Congress Center or Peachtree Center stations. The Atlanta Streetcar, Relay Bike Share and rideshares are other transportation options.

Refer to the Atlanta Basketball Host Committee's resources for more information, including road closures and detours.

What to do in Atlanta during the Final Four

In addition to the big games, the weekend will be filled with family-friendly events, including:

When visiting Atlanta for the Final Four, give yourself some time to explore some of the city's most popular attractions.

Olympic rings at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Photo by Matthew Conde, @condematt
Olympic rings at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Photo by Matthew Conde, @condematt

Centennial Olympic Park

Many of the city’s major attractions are downtown and around Centennial Olympic Park, which was built for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Admire the sculptures modeled after athletes.

World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta
World of Coca-Cola

World of Coca-Cola

Head to the World of Coca-Cola, which is equal parts museum and attraction devoted to the world’s most well-known brand, which started as a pharmacy headache remedy. Sample more than 100 flavors from around the world.

Georgia Aquarium photo by Romana Zackova, @romana_zackova
Georgia Aquarium photo by Romana Zackova, @romana_zackova

Georgia Aquarium

Across the park is the Georgia Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. Get up close to species from around the globe, including whale sharks, otters and penguins.

Artwork depicting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights
National Center for Civil and Human Rights

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

A visit to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is an important one, as it educates about the civil rights movement as well as modern struggles for equal rights.

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Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

If you also follow college football, don’t miss the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, which has interactive games and exhibits about your favorite teams.

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Children's Museum of Atlanta

Just outside the park, bring young sports fans to the interactive exhibits at The Children's Museum of Atlanta.

Skyview Atlanta ferris wheel
Skyview Atlanta

Skyview Atlanta

You can also see the city from above aboard Skyview Atlanta, a Ferris wheel with glass pods that provide unobstructed skyline views.

Inside CNN Center
Inside CNN Center

CNN Center

The CNN Center is home to the worldwide news provider's headquarters and is where shows like Morning Express are filmed. The Inside CNN Studio Tour takes you behind the scenes.

Atlanta Movie Tours at Jackson Street Bridge
Atlanta Movie Tours at Jackson Street Bridge

Tours

In Atlanta, you'll find tours for every interest. Atlanta Movie Tours visits the city's notable filming locations, while Atlanta Food Walks weaves history with the city's best dishes. Bicycle Tours of Atlanta and ATL-Cruzers Electric Car and Segway Tours showcase the landmarks on wheels. And for a bike tour that brings everyone together, check out the party bike tours with Southern Pedaler!

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Where to Eat

Downtown Atlanta is chock full of fantastic restaurants for every craving.

Twin Smokers BBQ
Twin Smokers BBQ

Near Centennial Olympic Park

The Centennial Park District has sports bars popular with sports fans, like Stats, Der Biergarten and Twin Smokers BBQ. Max’s Coal Oven and GameX are also nearby favorites. The CNN Center Food Court also has everything imaginable from salads to tacos to wings.

Sun Dial Restaurant Bar & View
Sun Dial Restaurant Bar & View

Near Peachtree Center

Visitors here have their pick of everything from the Peachtree Center food court and surrounding restaurants. Hsu’s has authentic Chinese fare, while Aviva by Kameel is a workday favorite for Mediterranean dishes. Pittypat's Porch Restaurant down the street is one of the area's top Southern cooking restaurants. The views at the Sun Dial Restaurant Bar & View at the The Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta and Polaris at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta can't be missed.

The Municipal Market in Atlanta
The Municipal Market

Near Georgia State University

Broad Street has plentiful options at a good price. Dine on Indian at NaanStop, Italian at FIGO, Mexican at Taqueria on Broad, and Vietnamese at Dua. Continue toward the Georgia State University campus and you'll be in Sweet Auburn, home to Municipal Market, a popular food market and food hall with burgers, arepas and soul food.

Mexican food at No Mas Cantina
No Mas Cantina

In Castleberry Hill

Other can't-miss restaurants are in nearby Castleberry Hill, just across the train tracks from Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Smoke Ring serves up barbecue with all the fixings. No Mas Cantina has been a neighborhood staple for decades with their all-day Mexican options. Paschal's Restaurant serves the best fried chicken in town and was a favorite of civil rights leaders organizing marches.

The Varsity in Atlanta
The Varsity

The Varsity

It wouldn't be an Atlanta sporting event without a trip to The Varsity, the world’s largest drive in! Take MARTA to the North Avenue station and then walk one block to the iconic Atlanta restaurant.

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Where to Stay

The atrium in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis
The atrium in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Downtown and Castleberry Hill

Downtown and Castleberry Hill are great neighborhoods to stay in if you want to be in the heart of the action. This is where you'll find the major hotel chains as well as a few boutique hotels. The Omni Atlanta Hotel At CNN Center is newly renovated and steps away from the city's attractions and restaurants, not to mention the news organization's offices. The Embassy Suites Atlanta - at Centennial Olympic Park overlooks Centennial Olympic Park. The Atlanta Marriott Marquis is an iconic hotel downtown designed by John Portman, as is The Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta.

If you're looking for a hotel with its own personality during your Super Bowl stay, check out The American Hotel Atlanta Downtown - a DoubleTree by Hilton that has been redesigned to look like it did during the 1960s. In fact, it was the city's first desegregated hotel and played a role in the arrival of the Braves baseball team.

Nearby neighborhoods

If all of the downtown hotels are booked, stay in one of the neighborhoods serviced by MARTA.

Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta
Ritz-Carlton

Midtown and Buckhead

Midtown's hotels are approximately 10 minutes by train on MARTA's gold or red lines, while Buckhead is another 10 minutes. Both have luxury hotel options like The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta and W Atlanta Midtown as well as mid-range options.

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Decatur

Decatur has some hotel options, as well as some of the city's best restaurants, and is a short ride to the stadium on the MARTA blue line.

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Published: February 2020
Written by: Caroline Eubanks