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2019 NCAA Men's Basketball - First/Second Rounds

Date: Mar 22 - Mar 24, 2019
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2019 NCAA Men's Basketball - First/Second Rounds

March 22 & March 24, 2019

Below are key details for guests attending.

Arena Entrances

The main entrance for Colonial Life Arena is located on the corner of Greene and Lincoln Street. There are also secondary entrances located on Greene Street, Lincoln Street and College Street. Doors will open one hour prior to the start of practices on Thursday, March 21st for Open Practice Day and will open one and a half hours prior to the first game on Friday, March 22nd & Sunday, March 24th.


Assisted Listening Device

Assisted listening devices are available to hearing-impaired guests at no cost. The assisted listening device is a headset that broadcasts Colonial Life Arena’s sound system on an FM frequency. Any patron checking out an assisted listening device must leave a driver’s license or valid form of identification to receive the headset. They are available at the Guest Services kiosk located on the main concourse behind section 118.


Between Sessions

Colonial Life Arena will be cleared between sessions on Friday.



Clear Bag Policy/Prohibited Items

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Event Schedule

Thursday 3/21

Open Practice Times

  • 11:00 AM – 11:40 AM—Oklahoma
  • 11:45 AM – 12:25 PM—Gardener Webb
  • 12:30 PM – 1:10 PM—Ole Miss
  • 1:15 PM – 1:55 PM—Virginia
  • 3:25 PM – 4:05 PM—Duke
  • 4:10 PM – 4:50 PM—VCU
  • 4:55 PM – 5:35 PM—NCCU/NDSU
  • 5:40 PM – 6:20 PM—UCF

Friday 3/22

Game Times

  • Session 1 Game 1—12:40 PM: #8 Ole Miss vs #9 Oklahoma
  • Session 1 Game 2—30 minutes after Game 1: #1 Virginia vs #16 Gardener Webb
  • Session 2 Game 3—7:10 PM: #1 Duke vs #16 NC Central/North Dakota State
  • Session 2 Game 4—30 minutes after Game 3: #8 VCU vs #9 UCF

Fan Fest Information

In celebration of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament 1st/2nd Rounds being held in Columbia, there will be a Fan Fest Experience held on Thursday and Friday, produced by the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and presented by Segra. Fan Fest Experience is a two-day extravaganza offering food, beverages, games, comradery and competition for fans of all eight teams, as well as locals looking to get in on the action. The event is free, open to the public, and family-friendly.

Fan Fest fun includes:

  • Streaming of tournament games on jumbo LED wall to be sure you don’t miss out on any action!
  • Live performances and giveaways featured on a 30x25 basketball court! Come shoot for a chance to win prizes! Stop by Friday evening for a live performance by Columbia-local, Prettier Than Matt
  • Kid Zone featuring a bouncy house, basketball themed games, face painting and a balloon artist
  • Escapology Escape Room
  • Biergarten featuring craft beers and yard games (beer, wine or spirit tasting daily at 12, 2 and 4PM - ages 21 and up!)
  • Magic Mirror Photo Booth --take home a free image to remember your time at Fan Fest!
  • Body Marbling to sport your team colors! Head over to the Colonial Life Arena in style!

Fan Fest Times

Thursday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Friday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM


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