[su_heading size=”15″ align=”left”]Tournament Schedule[/su_heading]

The American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship will begin with three first-round games on Thursday, March 9. Two quarterfinal doubleheaders will be played Friday, March 10, followed by a semifinal doubleheader Saturday, March 11. The final will take place Sunday, March 12. Tickets can be purchased by the session (using the links below) or for the entire championship.

Round 1 – Thursday, March 9
Game 1: No. 8 Temple vs.  No. 9 East Carolina
Game 2: No. 10 Tulane vs.  No. 7 Tulsa
Game 3: No. 6 UConn vs. No. 11 USF
Quarterfinals – Friday, March 10
Game 4: No. 1 SMU vs  Game 1 Winner
Game 5: No. 4. UCF vs.  No. 5 Memphis
Game 6: No. 2 Cincinnati vs. Game 2 Winner
Game 7: No. 3 Houston vs. Game 3 Winner
Semi-Finals – Saturday, March 11
Game 8: Semifinals – 3:00 pm
Game 9: Semifinals – 5:00 pm
Finals – Sunday, March, 12
Game 10: Championship – 3:15 pm

Basketball Fan Fest, XL Center Exhibition Hall
Thursday, March 9, 2:30 – 8:00 pm
Friday, March 10, 11 am – 9 pm
Saturday, March 11, Noon – 5 pm
Sunday, March 12, Noon – 3 pm
Fan Fest activities are free and open to the public. Highlights include an exhibition from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, a Half Court Challenge where you can test your basketball skills against fellow fans, games and giveaways courtesy of Frontier Communications, a Man Cave & Game Room lounge area, a Beer Garden with a full-size trailer bar, and more. Enjoy delicious local cuisine courtesy of Bears BBQ and Toasted Food Trucks.

Local Attraction
Receive $5 off admission with a ticket or credential to both the Wadsworth Atheneum or The Mark Twain House.

Additional information about the tournament and a downloadable fan guide is available on the XL Center‘s website.

[su_heading size=”15″ align=”left”]Dining[/su_heading]
Show your ticket stub or credential to receive 10% off food at an amazing array of Hartford restaurants.

*10% discount does not include alcohol, tax, or gratuity. Offer not valid on Parade Day, Saturday, March 11.

Looking for something different? View additional downtown Hartford restaurants and bars.

[su_heading size=”15″ align=”left”]Parking & the dash [/su_heading]

Looking for parking? Hartford.com has you covered. View our map of parking locations in downtown Hartford.

Certain lots and garages in Hartford will be designated as $6 lots. Present your ticket stub, credential, or wear your favorite university’s gear to receive the discounted rate.

Need a ride around town? Look no further than CT Transit’s downtown shuttle. Rides on the dash are free; operating hours are as follows:

  • Thursday: 7am to midnight
  • Friday: 7 am to midnight
  • Saturday: 7 am to midnight
  • Sunday: 7 am to 7 pm

[su_heading size=”15″ align=”left”]St. Patrick’s Day Parade [/su_heading]

There also happens to be a pretty large and awesome parade happening on Saturday morning. Check out the St. Patrick’s Day route map, which also tells you which streets will be closed and when.