2016 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship

First and Second Rounds

  • Session 1 - 11:10AM
    Session 2 - 5:50PM (approximately)
    Session 3 - 5:40PM (approximately)

  • 2016 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship First/Second Rounds Ticket Information

    **Each guest, regardless of age, must have a ticket for entry to this event.**

    Be there to Share The Experience (TM) with your family and friends at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship First/Second Rounds, March 17 & 19, 2016, at PNC Arena, hosted by North Carolina State University.

    At this time, the following are the ticket purchase options for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship First/Second Rounds in Raleigh:

    Tickets are SOLD OUT. 

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  • Lots open 2.5 hrs before each game.

    Cars and Vans: $20
    Stretch Limo, Bus, Mini-Bus, RV: $40
    Premier Parking: $25 pre-purchase at box office only

    Parking will be charged prior to each Session. If you remain on the property after Session 1, you do not need to purchase an additional pass.

  • No Professional Cameras (no detachable lenses), Standard Point-and-Shoot Only | No Vide

PNC Arena is proud to host the first and second round of the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. First round games will be held March 17 and second round games March 19. Game times listed below are approximate, based on time of completion of the previous game:


Session 1 - Doors Open @ 11:10AM
12:40PM: (8) Texas Tech vs. (9) Butler
30 Min. Following Game 1: (1) Virginia vs. (16) Hampton

Session 2 - Doors Open @ 5:50PM
7:20PM: (1) UNC-Chapel Hill vs. (16) Florida Gulf Coast
30 Min. Following Game 3: (8) USC vs. (9) Providence


Session 3 - Doors Open at 5:40PM
7:10PM: (1) Virginia vs. (9) Butler
30 Min. Following: (1) UNC-Chapel Hill vs. (9) Providence

The Hoops and Hops FanFest will open at 10AM on Thursday and 2.5 hours prior to each session, during the first- and second-round games of the 2016 NCAA® Division I Men's Basketball Championship. It features a Hops House, Food Truck Brigade, interactive games, big screens for viewing other NCAA 1st and 2nd Round games, and more!

Wednesday Open Practice Times (free parking and admission):

12:00PM: Butler
12:45PM: Hampton
1:30PM: Texas Tech
2:15PM: Virginia
4:25PM: North Carolina
5:10PM: USC
5:55PM: FGCU
6:40PM: Providence

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