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NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Advisory

Attention Residents and Businesses:

The Bon Secours Wellness Arena will host the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this Friday and Sunday, with four first-round games scheduled for Friday. Due to the proximity of several of the participating schools and their large traveling fan bases, event organizers estimate that 42,000 visitors will be in Greenville for the tournament. 

Game 1 begins at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and Game 2 will begin 30 minutes after the previous game ends (approximately 4 p.m.). Game 3 begins at 7:20 p.m. and Game 4 will begin 30 minutes after the previous game ends (approximately 9:50 p.m.). 

Because the first two games coincide with regular business hours and therefore with Greenville’s normal peak traffic times on Friday, the City of Greenville is working closely with the Wellness Arena staff to address issues such as traffic flow and parking that may affect local residents and businesses. As part of that effort, we especially want to ensure that those living and working in areas around the arena realize the scale of the event and are aware of potential issues that may arise due to the tournament hours.

While a comprehensive parking plan has been developed, including several satellite parking locations with free shuttle service to and from the Wellness Arena, the potential for some individuals to seek out parking spaces in areas around the venue still exists. As a result, on Friday, businesses near the arena with private parking lots may want to take measures to secure their lots. 

To help with traffic flow on the network of streets around the arena – particularly during the afternoon hours - non-service industry businesses are asked to consider allowing their employees to work alternate schedules on Friday. Similarly, residents in the neighborhoods surrounding the arena are encouraged to adjust their travel schedules, if possible, to ensure that they are not negatively impacted.
We appreciate your patience and cooperation and assure you that every effort is being made to anticipate and address any potential issues related to this event, as well as to minimize the inconvenience to our downtown residents and businesses.

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