About 42,000 visitors are expected to be in Greenville this weekend for the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. North Carolina, Duke and South Carolina are all playing, likely a huge factor in helping sell out first and second round tickets. Greenville was the first of the host cities to sell out this year, and 50% of tickets were bought by residents of the Upstate and Asheville area. Since this is the first time Greenville is hosting the tournament since 2004, I hope the warm welcome will convince the committee to bring March Madness back to Greenville for many years to come!
Game 1 begins at 1:30 pm Friday: No. 8 Arkansas vs. No. 9 Seton Hall
Game 2 will begin 30 minutes after Game 1 ends (approximately 4 pm): No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Texas Southern
Game 3 begins at 7:20 pm: Duke vs. Troy
Game 4 will begin 30 minutes after Game 3 ends (approximately 9:50 pm): South Carolina vs. Marquette
On Saturday, head to Main Street where GVL Fan Fest will be held from noon to 5pm. The Village Green in front of the Courtyard Marriott next to City Hall has been turned into a basketball court where the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department and the YMCA will lead basketball games and contests, and fans will be able to watch the Saturday games on big-screen televisions. GVL Fan Fest will stretch from Broad to Court streets.
Sunday is round 2, the winner of the Arkansas/Seton Hall game taking on the winner of North Carolina/Texas Southern, followed by the winner of South Carolina/Marquette vs. winner of Duke/Troy.
Wishing everyone good luck with their brackets, and have fun watching the games! And to all those visiting the Upstate to cheer on their team, welcome to Greenville!!!