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NCAA tournament games in Providence: March 17-19

NCAAProvidence-Venue-Web-600x280Experience #PVDhoops this month! Providence College is hosting the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship First/Second Rounds at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Four games will be played (in two sessions) on the first game day, Thursday, March 17th. The four advancing teams will compete in two games (sheduled as one session) on Saturday, March 19th.

Thursday, March 17th
Game 1: Duke vs. UNC Wilmington at 12:15pm
Game 2: Baylor vs. Yale at 2:45pm (after conclusion of Game 1)
Game 3: Miami vs. Buffalo at 6:50pm
Game 4: Arizona vs. Wichita State at 9:20pm (after conclusion of Game 3)

Saturday, March 19th
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 at TBD
Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 at TBD

Interested in tickets? Join the NCAA wait list or check the NCAA Ticket Exchange. Want a preview? On Wednesday, March 16th, each team will participate in a free 40 minute open practice session between noon and 7 PM.

Downtown will be overflowing with activity throughout the tournament, from outdoor block parties to the Slam Dunk WaterFire on Friday, March 18th, sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts. The partial lighting will start at 7:20 PM, shortly after sunset, and will continue through 11 PM. Starting at 6 PM, join the Slam Dunk Shootout at Union Station Plaza, where a $5 donation to WaterFire gives you a chance to shoot hoops and win fun prizes! Enjoy samples from Dunkin’ Donuts too.

Keep in mind: parking will be at a premium during the tournament, and we expect heavy traffic around the downtown area. The city will extend the time limit to 6 hours at parking meters on Fountain Street, West Exchange Street, and Exchange Terrace during the games, so check the meters carefully! Vist for additional parking tips, and find more info about what’s happening in the city here.

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