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Arrive early for Hoops and Hops FanFest before NCAA games at PNC Arena

Posted Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Raleigh, NC - College basketball fans will have the ultimate tailgating atmosphere outside of PNC Arena this weekend with the Hoops and Hops FanFest.

This free festival will be held Friday and Sunday when the venue is hosting opening rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. It will open two and a half hours prior to the start of each session and between sessions on Friday. Times on Sunday are contingent on the game start-time, which has not been announced.

Hoops and Hops will include:

  • Hops House South and Hops House North - Located under the tent on the north and south plazas, this is a great spot for tailgaters to take in some adult beverages, soft drinks and food and watch some NCAA regional games on big screen TVs. You must be 21 years and older to enter this area. The north tent will only be open Friday, unless Sunday game times are later in the day.
  • Food Truck Brigade - Located next to the Dail Plaza of Carter-Finley Stadium, this food truck event will feature some of our local favorites (Chirba Chirba, Porchetta) and PNC Arena's own VAB Catering will be serving up their best gameday food. This area is expected to be open on Friday only, unless Sunday game times are later in the day.
  • Fan Activity Zone - Located on Dail Plaza of Carter-Finley Stadium, adjacent to the Food Truck Brigade, this area will have cornhole and basketball hoops.
  • Game Watch - Catch up on NCAA regional games on the video wall outside of the box office.

Here is a rundown of the game times and Hoops and Hops FanFest start times for this weekend:

Friday, March 21

Session 1
Hoops and Hops opens at 9:45 a.m. and closes at noon
Mercer vs. Duke at 12:15 p.m.
Iowa/Tennessee vs. Massachusetts at 2:45 p.m.
Hoops and Hops reopens after the conclusion of the second game and closes at 6:40 p.m.

Session 2
George Washington vs. Memphis at 6:55 p.m.
Coastal Carolina vs. Virginia at 9:25 p.m.

Sunday, March 23

Hoops and Hops will open two and a half hours before tip-off. Exact game time has not been determined.

 
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Arrive early for Hoops and Hops FanFest before NCAA games at PNC Arena
Duke Blue Devils will be playing at NCAA Tournament at PNC Arena on Friday.
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