Weekend Guide: NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Comes to Raleigh, N.C.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 2pm by visitRaleigh
Hey, hoops fans! For the second straight year, March Madness is rolling into Raleigh, N.C.!
The 10th-ranked North Carolina State University (NCSU) women's basketball team will host first and second round NCAA Tournament games on campus in Raleigh inside beautiful James T. Valvano Arena at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum on Sat., March 23, and Mon., March 25.
The Wolfpack, who earned a three seed and the right to play in their home arena, will be joined by three other teams:
- Maine Black Bears (14 seed)
- Kentucky Wildcats (6 seed)
- Princeton Tigers (11 seed)
One of nine “hallowed spaces” on the NCSU campus, the 5,500-seat Reynolds Coliseum—having first opened its doors in 1949—reopened in the fall of 2016 after undergoing a $35 million renovation. The building boasts new hospitality areas, restrooms, concessions, merchandise stands and other amenities. Adjacent to the iconic north lobby, the first third of the arena has been transformed into the BB&T Grand Hall and serves as the heart of the new NCSU Athletics Walk of Fame & History.
When are the games?
- Sat., March 23, 11am: Kentucky vs. Princeton
- Sat., March 23, 1pm: North Carolina State vs. Maine
- The winner of these games will face off on Mon., March 25 (game time to be determined)
Where can you buy tickets?
Tickets are available to be purchased online (and are selling quickly!).
Tickets can be purchased in two ways—a pass for the entire weekend (all three games), or by individual day (two games if you purchase for Sat., one game if purchased for Mon.). Tickets start at $12 for single-day youth passes, and cost $30 for adults for a weekend pass.
All patrons 2 and older are required to have a ticket in hand per NCAA guidelines.
Where can you stay?
Visiting fans have plenty of options for where to stay in the Raleigh area. Team hotels have been announced, and fans are welcome to show support upon arrival.
- North Carolina State: Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel
- Kentucky: Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley
- Princeton: Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport/Brier Creek
- Maine: Hampton Inn & Suites RDU/Brier Creek
What other events are happening over the weekend?
Have some spare time while in town? Here are a few highlights from the rest of the weekend calendar.
- Art in Bloom (3/21-24) at the North Carolina Museum of Art
- Carolina Ballet: An Evening of Bernstein and Robbins (through 3/24) at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
- NC State Women's Tennis vs. Miami (3/22) at J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center (NCSU)
- The Music of Queen with the North Carolina Symphony (3/22-23) at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
- UniverSoul Circus (3/21-24) at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
- Winter Jam 2019 (3/22) at PNC Arena
- North Carolina Football Club's Friendship Cup International Doubleheader (3/22) at WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary
- Comedian Kountry Wayne (3/22-24) at Raleigh Improv
- NHL's Carolina Hurricanes vs. Minnesota Wild (3/23) at PNC Arena
- Meek Mill: The Motivation Tour (3/23) at The Ritz
- NHL's Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens (3/24) at PNC Arena
- Exhibition: The North Carolina Roots of Artist Ernie Barnes (ongoing) at the North Carolina Museum of History
What to eat, drink and see while in town?
Some more helpful links to guide to you towards the best of the best in the City of Oaks:
- Seven of the best trails to hike, bike run
- 30 free things to do in Raleigh, N.C.
- Shopping hot spots in Raleigh, N.C.
- A guide to barbecue in Raleigh
- 20 of the best spots for brunch in Raleigh, N.C.
- Raleigh, N.C.'s ultimate spring bucket list
- The most popular restaurants in Raleigh, N.C.
- Transfer Co. Food Hall is Raleigh's new massive foodie attraction
- The Raleigh Beer Trail—visit breweries, earn rewards!
- A guide to museums in Raleigh, N.C.
- Eight super-fun group activities to tackle
- Where to find the best fried chicken in Raleigh