Houston all set for 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four with new public safety, transportation plans

HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Acting Chief of Police Martha Montalvo held a news conference Monday about security measures and transportation plans in place for the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four in Houston.

Information was also released about the semi-final and championship games, and various ancillary events.

There will be plenty of extra security and traffic detours for fans planning to go to the big game, and METRO has expanded the rail system to make travel easier.

"We've expanded the rail system from a 7.5 mile system to almost a 23 mile system that will get you where you need to go, but we're also looking at this as a multi level approach.  A high frequency bus network will also get you to the venue locations," said Tom Lambert, president of METRO.

Security wise, there are many restrictions and guidelines attendees must adhere to for NRG and Discover Green, where many of the festivities will be held.

No guns will be allowed. That means no concealed or open carry.

The NCAA also has rules about what kind of bags you can bring to Discovery Green.

Backpacks, large purses, camera bags, binocular cases, fanny packs, seat cushions, diaper bags and printed plastic bags are on the prohibited list.

Clutch purses that measure 5.5" x 8.5" or smaller are allowed.

Clear plastic bags that measure 12"x 6"x 2" are also allowed.

You may also bring a gallon clear plastic storage bag to the festival.