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Final Four 2016: Houston Event Guide for Villanova Wildcats fans

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Our first ever VU Hoops meetup!

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Many of you are heading to Houston for the Final Four. That's awesome, and I'm proud of you. The good news some members of the VU Hoops staff will be there - Chris, Ed and Ryan to be exact - and we wanted to take the opportunity to put together a little thank you event for all you readers and give you the opportunity to meet us as well as your fellow VU Hoopsters in-person.

Full details on the Saturday meetup are below, and we've also included the entire schedule of Villanova to-do's for your convenience.

Friday April 1st

12-12:50pm CDT: Villanova Open Team Practice at NRG Stadium

4-7:00pm CDT: Ticket pickup available in the Speakers Room at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria

6-8:00pm CDT: Villanova Fan Meetups

  • Lobby Bar Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria (Team Hotel): 222 West Loop S., Houston, TX  77027
  • The Gorgeous Gael: 5555 Morningside Drive, Houston, TX  77055
  • The Dogwood (21+ only): 2403 Bagby Street, Houston, TX  77006

Saturday April 2nd

12-1:15pm CDT: 1st Ever VU Hoops Meet & Greet!

Join Chris, Ed, Ryan and your fellow commenters at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria (Team Hotel). Meet in the Axis Lounge.  First drink is on us.

To "register" for the event, write "I'll be there" in the comments section of this post.

1:30-4:30pm CDT: Official Villanova Fan's Pregame Event at NRG Stadium

Cost is $100/person, and you need to register here. Cost of admission includes beer, wine, food and entertainment. Will D. Cat, the Villanova cheerleaders and the Villanova Band will be present. A game ticket is not required to attend, and if you purchased the travel package through the school you do not need to register (included in the package).

2:00pm CDT: Pregame meetups

  • The Dogwood (21+ only): 2403 Bagby Street, Houston, TX  77006
  • Midtown Drinkery Bar & Grill: 2400 Bagby Street, Houston, TX  77006
  • The Gorgeous Gael: 5555 Morningside Drive, Houston, TX  77055
  • Little Woodrow's (21+ only): 5611 Morningside Drive, Houston, TX 77055
  • 5:09pm CDT: Villanova vs. Oklahoma at NRG Stadium

    Sunday April 3rd

    10:30am CDT: Mass with Father Peter Donohue in the Legends Ballroom at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria (Team Hotel)

    More events to be added if Villanova advances to the Final.