minutesHoops and Hops FanFest 2016


The NCAA March Madness fun begins before you even enter PNC Arena! The Hoops and Hops FanFest will open 2.5 hours* before each session on Thursday, March 17 and Saturday, March 19. It will close shortly before tip-off, and reopen soon thereafter to serve fans who may be arriving for the later games and those wanting to relax outside.

“Hoops and Hops FanFest” includes four locations where fans attending the NCAA sessions can partake in food, beverages, entertainment, and catching up on other tournament games:

  • Hops House (tent)**: Located on our South Plaza, outside of our box office. Features adult brews, soft drinks, food, and big screen TVs to watch the games. 
  • Game Watch: Located just outside of our box office, under the awning. Features a video wall for fans to watch other NCAA 1st and 2nd Round games. A sound system will also be set up for music.  
  • Food Truck Brigade: Located next to Dail Plaza outside of Carter-Finley Stadium, and features many of the Triangle’s most loved food vendors. 
  • Fan Activity Zone: Located on Dail Plaza outside of Carter-Finley Stadium and adjacent to the Food Truck Brigade. Features cornhole boards and basketball hoops for fans vying for bragging rights. Stop by the face painter to get your "Game Face" on!

For event and parking information, visit the NCAA event details page. Admission to the FanFest is free; parking is $20.

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**Persons under the age of 21 must be accompanied by an adult in order to enter the Hops House Tent on the South Plaza.

Schedule for the 2016 NCAA® Division I Men's Basketball Championship First/Second Rounds at PNC Arena is noted below. 

Session 1: Thursday, March 17

- Hoops and Hops opens at 10:00 a.m. and will close at 12:40 p.m.

(8) Texas Tech vs. (9) Butler at 12:40 p.m.
(1) Virginia vs. (16) Hampton, 30 minutes following Game 1

- Hoops and Hops reopens at the conclusion of the 2nd game and will close at 7:20 p.m.

Session 2: thursday, March 17

(1) North Carolina vs. (16) Florida Gulf Coast at 7:20 p.m.
(8) Southern California vs. (9) Providence, 30 minutes following Game 3

Session 3: Saturday, March 19

(1) Virginia vs. (9) Butler at 7:10 p.m.
(1) UNC-Chapel Hill vs. (9) Providence, 30 minutes following

- Hoops and Hops opens at 3 p.m.