March madness is coming to Charlotte. And I’m not just talking about the upcoming NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Second and Third Rounds that will come to Charlotte March 18-20. I’m talking about overall insanity. Lower case “madness”. Especially if you are a 49ers fan. This is always a busy time of year for the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Department. For the men’s and women’s basketball teams, tournament time is right around the corner. The Atlantic 10 Championships are played in March and the hope of bids to the post-season tournaments come right along with it. Meanwhile, the baseball, softball, tennis and golf teams all get their spring seasons cranked up. The 49ers track and field team turns the corner from the indoor season to the outdoor campaign. It couldn’t possibly get busier. Right? I mean last weekend, the 49ers hosted tennis matches, baseball games, a softball tournament and a basketball game. How could it get busier? Let’s throw in the prospects of hiring a football coach, an upcoming groundbreaking for the football stadium, and then for kicks throw in the real March Madness: NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Second and Third Rounds that the 49ers are hosting at Time Warner Cable Arena, March 18-20. That event, in and of itself, is a huge undertaking. Eight teams coming to Charlotte. And it will impact the university area. Teams, fans and media are housed at hotels throughout the city, including the university area. They’ll be out filling restaurants and bars and on game day, packing Time Warner Cable Arena. Four games on Friday and two more on Sunday, plus practices and press conferences. And get this—that same weekend the 49ers softball team has a home tournament, baseball has a home series and the 49ers track and field team will host one of its two home meets. The 49ers will be busy. But that’s what makes this time of year so special. There is so much to do, if you take advantage of it. Tickets are still available for the NCAA Tournament games – but even if you can’t make the games, there is an open practice session, Thursday, March 17. Free admission. Your chance to get caught up in March Madness. You can get to the Arena, find low level seats and get a close look at some of the best basketball teams and coaches in the country. That first weekend is a basketball lover’s nirvana – and there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. At the same time, the 49ers offer other options to satisfy your competitive hunger. We will be busy. You can take advantage of all that work by grabbing a seat, sitting back and enjoying all the action. March Madness is coming to Charlotte – and it can be a lot of fun – especially for you. Additional Information:Catch some of the most exciting college basketball of the season when the 2011 Road to the Final Four® travels through Charlotte, NC with the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Second and Third Rounds March 18 and 20, 2011. Limited tickets remain as part of the All-Session package available for all six games to be played at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The All-Session package is available for $231 allowing fans to catch all of the action of two second round sessions (four games) on Friday, March 18 and one third round session (two games) on Sunday, March 20. Ticket availability is limited with only approximately 3,000 remaining in the 19,221 seat Time Warner Cable Arena - one of eight host facilities for the Second and Third Rounds of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. Tickets can be purchased online at the NCAA website, at theTicketmaster website, and on the Charlotte 49ers website, or by calling 704-688-9011.
Fans looking to catch a preview of the eight teams at the Charlotte site will have the chance to do so as the NCAA will conduct an open practice day, on Thursday, March 17, 2011. Open practice schedule times will be released the week of the event. Admission is free to attend open practice day.
The NCAA cautions fans to purchase game tickets only from authorized sources. Fans are advised to purchase any tickets still available directly from NCAA.com; from PrimeSport (the NCAA’s official ticket and hospitality package provider), host institutions or conferences and ticket offices of participating schools. NCAA tickets bear unique security features that cannot be reproduced. Individuals who purchase tickets from unauthorized sources, including unauthorized street vendors, run the risk of purchasing tickets that are not authentic and do not grant entrance to tournament games.