This is one of the best days of Final Four weekend, because it's the day that the dollars and nonsense are put aside, and this big, big, big production opens up to the everyday fans.
The gates of the Alamodome are already open to anyone who wants to come in and watch the four teams practice -- for free. I walked in amid hundreds of school-age kids who seemed to be ready for a great time ... even though the most common T-shirt was for the San Antonio Spurs.
Right down the block, Hoops City -- a relatively inexpensive fan fest with games and gifts and T-shirt sales -- has opened. In short, today is the day that the host city begins to feel like the center of the basketball world.
Which means it's also a day to regret that -- as wonderful as Qwest Field and Safeco Field are -- the demise of the Kingdome means there is no chance of Puget Sound-area fans enjoying this wonderful day again anytime soon.
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That moment of mourning past, I'll also note that this is also Final Four media day, and we'll get access to all of the Final Four coaches and most of the players.
I'll hop in as anything interesting develops.