March Madness Music Festival FAQ's
Where is Margaret T. Hance Park (Hance Park)?
Margaret T Hance Park (commonly called Hance Park is located in downtown Phoenix just North of Phoenix Convention Cetner. Entrances to the festival are located on 1st and 2nd Street at Portland, and at the park entrance at the Central Avenue bridge.
How is this festival different than most events at Hance Park?
Hance Park hosts multiple events a year from music festivals to art shows. Below are a few items specific to March Madness Music Festival to know before arriving:
- • Gate Entry: Entry into the park is free (no ticket required) and on a first come- first served basis. All guests will be wanded with a metal detector prior to entering.
- • Bags: Only small bags 5.5” by 8.5” or smaller will be allowed inside the festival with the exception of clear bags. Clear plastic bags up to 12”x6”x12” are permitted. Please see approved and prohibited bags at the bottom of the page.
- • Chairs: Chairs will not be allowed inside the park or provided by the festival. Strollers are also prohibited. Wheelchairs and other adaptive vehicles will be permitted.
- • Special Seating: As the March Madness Music Festival is a first come, first served event that is also free of charge, fans are encouraged to arrive early in order to secure best location for their entertainment and physical needs. The festival does not have special seating areas for viewing.
- • Food: Outside food and beverage and containers of any kind (except for guests with medical and dietary needs). An exception will be made for factory-sealed water bottles 16.9 oz. or less, unfrozen).
- • Umbrellas: Umbrellas, and any other items that obstructs other guests’ views, are prohibited. Please dress accordingly in case of inclement weather.
Do I need to purchase a wristband for entry? Will re-entry be allowed throughout the weekend?
No wristband or ticket is necessary. Event entry will be permitted on a first-come, first serve basis. Event entry will be permitted until the park capacity has been reached.
What do I need to enter the festival?
Nothing, the event is free.
Do you have to be a certain age to attend?
No, this event is open to all ages.
What type of bags are allowed inside the festival?
No bags larger than 5.5” by 8.5” allowed (Clear Plastic bags up to 12”x6”x12” are permitted). See approved and prohibited bags below.
What if it rains?
March Madness Music festival is a rain or shine event. Please check the weather prior to arriving so you are dressed appropriately. Note that umbrellas will not be permitted inside the festival. Festival event managers will work with local law enforcement and media outlets to inform the public in case dangerous weather approaches which would force the festival to close.
When do the festival gates open and close?
Friday, 4 – 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, 2 – 10:30 p.m.; Sunday 3 – 10:00 p.m.
What’s the best time to arrive?
Come early as large crowds are expected and there is no reserved seating.
What is the best mode of transportation to the festival?
Parking- Downtown Phoenix boasts more than 25,000 parking spaces at various times throughout the day and night. The main parking structures are located between Seventh Street and Seventh Avenue, from Fillmore to Lincoln Streets. Additional parking lots are available between 7th-16th streets along the Washington/Jefferson Light Rail alignment. Parking rates may vary based upon event activity in downtown throughout the weekend. Please visit their website for a complete list of parking locations.
Note: No public event parking is available at Margaret T. Hance Park for Music Fest. Attendees should plan to park near the Convention Center and either walk or use one of the alternative modes of transportation to get to the park.
Downtown Phoenix parking locations can also be found on your smartphone by downloading the Pango App. Additional parking assistance is available by calling the Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors at 602-495-1500.
Parking Meters located throughout downtown will be enforced until 10 p.m. daily and regular rates will apply. For more information, visit ParkPHX.
Public Transportation- There are nine park- and- ride locations offering a total of 3,636 parking spaces. Valley Metro Rail park- and- rides are free and are monitored by security cameras, security officers and municipal piolice officer. Parking for more than 24 hours is not permitted at Valley Metro Rail park-and ride lots; violators are subject to ticketing and/or towing. For information about Light Rail stations and Park-and-Rides visit www.valleymetro.org/planning_your_trip/system_map/light-rail
Trolley - FREE Trolleys will be available shuttle people from the Final Four Fan Fest at the Phoenix Convention Center to the March Madness Music Festival. The trolley stop at Fan Fest is located on 2nd St and Adams (across from Majerles Bar & Grill) and the stop for the Music Fest is located on 1st St south of Roosevelt.
Can I ride my bike?
A Bike Valet will be available free of charge \ for bike storage throughout the day. It will be located outside festival grounds at Portland and 1st Street and will be open one hour prior to the festival opening and close one hour after the festival closes. Look for the Bike Valet Tent.
Besides the musical acts, is anything else happening?
Inside the festival will be multiple sponsor activations with giveaways and interactives, concessions, and merchandise sales.
Should I bring cash or a credit card?
Cash and credit cards will be accepted by vendors throughout the Festival. ATMs will also be available inside the event.
Will there be food options?
A variety of concessions and food trucks will be available throughout the festival grounds.
What are acceptable forms of ID to purchase alcohol with?
Driver's license or Government issued ID.
Can I pass out flyers inside or outside the festival?
No, this is not permitted.
Where can I purchase NCAA Final Four tickets, find activities with daily schedules going on within Phoenix, and other event information?
The NCAA® Final Four® Phoenix App presented by AT&T is the official app to help you make the most of all of the excitement and events over Final Four® weekend in and around Phoenix! Find all of the must-see activities with daily schedules, event information, and even buy tickets right through the app. NCAA.com/MFFApp
If you have questions or require our assistance to accommodate a special need (i.e., provision of an assistive listening device, sign language interpreter or other auxiliary aid), please contact Hance Park prior to the event Please note that a 2-week notice is required for any request to provide a sign language interpreter. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred auxiliary aid, and your contact information.
• All guests and items (small purses, clear bags, etc) are subject to physical inspection by security personnel, and anyone not agreeing to this search will be restricted from entering the event
• No bags larger than 5.5” by 8.5” (Clear Plastic bags up to 12”x6”x12” are permitted)
• No pets (service animals permitted with proper identification) Animals (except service animals to aid guests with disabilities)
• Artificial noisemakers or noisemaking devices of any kind.
• No strollers or wagons
• No bottles, cans, liquid containers or coolers (except for guests with medical or dietary needs)
• No food or beverage not dispensed by the Event Concessionaire. Outside food & beverage and containers of any kind (except for guests with medical and dietary needs). An exception will be made for factory-sealed water bottles 16.9 oz. or less, unfrozen)
• No chewing tobacco or e-cigarettes
• No video recorders, or still cameras with lenses longer than 4 inches
• No weapons and/or firearms of any kind
• No missile-like objects
• No laser pointers
• No artificial noisemakers
• No poles or sticks of any kind, including selfie-sticks
• No objects that obstruct other guests’ view, including umbrellas, signs or flags larger than 3’ x 2’
• No folding chairs, stools or other seating devices
• No bikes or other large personal items
• No hover boards / scooters
• No drones of any kind
• No promotional items with commercial slogans or identification without written consent from the NCAA®
• Any item deemed dangerous or inappropriate by management will not be allowed at The NCAA March Madness® Music Festival
• Confiscated items will be disposed of and not returned
• No beach balls or basketballs larger than 29.5 inches in circumference (regulation size of a basketball), balls or any object that can be used as a projectile
• Please note: This show may contain heavy strobe lighting and laser lighting
• Items left in vehicles should be stored out of sight