ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
If you’re a fan of college basketball, then March Madness is a time of year that’s extra special. It’s when everywhere you turn, someone is talking about brackets, bubble teams and buzzer beaters. Purchase your multi-game pack to witness every heart-pounding play and dramatic finish LIVE.
Be there to Share The Experience™ with your family and friends at the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship First/Second Rounds, March 16 & 18, 2018, at Spectrum Center, hosted by UNC Charlotte.
The following ticket purchase options are available for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship First/Second Rounds in Charlotte:
All-Session Six-game package starting at $150. Package includes three separate tickets/sessions with winners advancing to the Sweet Sixteen!
Single-session Two-game package starting at $50. Package includes one ticket/session.
Tickets can now be bought and sold directly with other fans through the official NCAA Ticket Exchange. The NCAA Ticket Exchange allows fans to sell and buy official tickets online in an NCAA approved, safe and 100% guaranteed environment. Learn more about the NCAA Ticket Exchange.
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Nearly 30,000 parking spaces—covered decks and flat surface lots—are within a 15-minute walk of Spectrum Center. On Sixth Street, you’ll find entrances to four decks, and adjacent to the arena, off Caldwell and Fifth streets, are two surface lots. For details about additional parking, use this interactive map. Or plan to leave your car at one of the LYNX Blue Line’s park and ride stations before riding the light rail to the arena.
Have questions? We’ll have a team on hand to help. Look for NCAA volunteers throughout Center City—at hotels, along city streets and in the Spectrum Center itself. They’ll be well versed in tournament lore as well as information about Charlotte dining and attractions. Don’t be shy!
THINGS TO DO IN CHARLOTTE
Whether you want to fill time between games or fill up on good Southern cooking, the Queen City's amenities offer endless entertainment. You won't have to go far, either. To explore top dining, hotels and attractions close to the Spectrum Center, use the Official Visitors Guide, charlottesgotalot.com and charlottesgotablog.com, all of which are carefully curated by the city's in-the-know ambassadors. There you'll discover local breweries, James Beard-nominated chefs, charming boutiques, local sporting events and more—most of which are a short walk or drive from Center City. For more extensive exploration, check out 101 Things to Do in Charlotte, a quick-and-easy guide to getting the most out of your stay in our city. In addition to featuring Uptown's top museums and tours, this must-do list names eats, dives, parks, festivals, music venues and more attractions Charlotteans love.
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Founded in 1946, University of North Carolina at Charlotte is the North Carolina’s urban research university. Built on a 1,000-acre campus just 12 miles from Uptown, the university offers internationally competitive programs in numerous fields of study, including in renowned colleges such as the Belk College of Business, the William States Lee College of Engineering and the Cato College of Education. With annual enrollment topping 22,000 students, the Charlotte 49ers boast more than 122,000 living alumni—giving the school a vast and avid athletic fan base. Led by mascot and gold miner Norm the Niner, students and alumni sport green and white in support of the university’s NCAA Division I teams, which include baseball, basketball, football, softball, soccer, tennis, golf, track and field, volleyball and cross country.
Open since October 2005, the Spectrum Center is located in Uptown Charlotte, a 15 minute drive from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Also known as “The Hive,” Spectrum, in addition to hosting numerous largescale concerts and events, is home to Michael Jordan-owned NBA team the Charlotte Hornets. Equipped with large center-hung scoreboards, multiple auxiliary boards and the largest underbelly screens in the NBA, the arena offers fans, no matter where they’re sitting, unparalleled views of on-court action. Located at 333 E. Trade Street, Spectrum’s placement in the heart of Uptown keeps fans close to off-court action, too. The venue is only a 10-minute walk from the Charlotte Convention Center and right next to Charlotte Transportation Center, where the city’s LYNX Blue Line light rail stops. This gives arena-goers easy, car-free access to a wealth of dining and attractions options in and around Center City.