XL Center to Host Round 2 of NCAA Basketball Tournament Saturday

Basketball fans will be back in Hartford Sunday for round two of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. 

The four teams advancing to the second round this Saturday are Florida State, Murray State, Villanova and Purdue. 

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.  

One ticket will be valid for both games with no re-entry in between games. 

During the first round of the NCAA tournament, Florida State defeated Vermont 76 to 69, Murray State defeated Marquette 83 to 64, Villanova beat St. Mary’s 61 to 57, and Purdue defeated St. Mary’s 61 to 48. 

The Florida State vs. Murray State game starts at 6:10 p.m. 

Thirty minutes after that game ends, the Villanova vs. Purdue game will start. 

Parking Information: 

There will be $10 parking throughout downtown Hartford in designated surface lots and garages during all March Madness festivities. The following list of garages will feature $10 Tournament:

58 Chapel St.
1212 Main St.
285 Church St.
55 Chapel St. South (MAT Garage)
10 Ford St.
185 Pearl St.
160 Jewell St.
Trumbull on the Park Garage
The XL Center garage is $15

Public Transportation: 

The Dash Shuttle, CTTransit's free circulatory bus in downtown Hartford, will operate with extended hours on Wednesday, March 20 through Saturday, March 23. 

Dash Extended Hours:

Friday, March 22: 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 23: 8:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Local Restaurant Deals: 

Certain downtown Hartford restaurants and bars will be offering exclusive Tournament deals throughout the weekend. See the full list of discounts here XLCenter.com/deals. 

Party on Pratt: 

There will be a free block party open to public and it will feature a pop-up pub with local breweries and distilleries, live music, local vendors and exhibits. All ages welcome! Learn more here xlcenter.com/prattstreet 


Friday, March 22: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 23: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

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