March 2023

METRORail Free Rides are a Slam Dunk for Final Four Fun

Photo of METRORail train wrapped in bright aqua blue Final Four branding.


The Final Four is just around the corner, and for the fourth time in 12 years, Houston will again be the epicenter of it all. Whether you’re headed to a game or other family-friendly offerings like the March Madness Music Festival at Discovery Green or the Men's Final Four Fan Fest at the George R. Brown Convention Center, METRO will help you get where you need to go.

Everyone traveling to events for the NCAA Final Four or other activities over the four-day tournament period can ride METRORail for Free. Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, a proud partner of the 2023 NCAA Final Four, is providing those complimentary rides from Friday, March 31 to Monday, April 3.

METRO excels at quickly moving large crowds, so save money and avoid traffic hassles using METRORail’s Red, Green, and Purple lines.

During the 2016 Final Four, more than 255,000 fans made transit part of their game plan.

Convenient Access to All Final Four Events: METRO will help you get where you need to go like a champion. Click here for an enlarged map.


Know Before You Go

Planning ahead is key to a great NCAA experience. Street closures and increased pedestrian traffic near NRG Park, the George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green Park will likely cause delays. METRO offers these tips:

  • Visit the Final Four page on for everything you need to know about METRO services during the tournament, including how to ride and a schedule of all events in downtown.
  • If traveling by local bus or METROLift, purchase transit fare on your smartphone with METRO Q Mobile Ticketing. METRO Q® Fare Card, or METRO Day Pass. Cash will also be accepted.
  • Plan trips in advance with the RideMETRO app. Choose the "Plan Your Trip" option. Enter a starting location and destination, and METRO's Trip Planner will provide a simple step-by-step itinerary.
  • Sign up for METRO Service Alerts. Get real-time information on specific routes, including updates on delays and detours delivered directly to your smart device.

As with all large events, METRO will have staff ready to help. Team METRO volunteers, along with additional METRO police officers, fare inspectors, and bus and rail supervisors will be stationed along the system to provide directions and help ensure safety. Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists are reminded to be safe and be seen when near tracks.

METRO's Customer Service team can also answer questions and provide trip planning information. Call or text 713-635-4000 for more information. Updates are also available on METRO's Twitter and Facebook pages.

We’re Here to Help: Look for Team METRO volunteers in these shirts if you need assistance.

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