What is the Charleston Classic?

The Charleston Classic is an eight-team early season men’s college basketball tournament that includes 12 games through three days, with each team playing one game per day. The 2018 tournament will be played November 15, 16 & 18.

Where is it played?

The Charleston Classic is played at TD Arena on the campus of The College of Charleston. TD Arena has a capacity of 5,100 and opened in 2008 with the first annual Charleston Classic.

Which schools are in the 2018 event?

The 2018 Charleston Classic will feature 5 returning NCAA Tournament teams including Alabama, Davidson, Purdue, Virginia Tech, and Wichita State. They will be joined by Appalachian State, Ball State, and Northeastern. Click here to view the full bracket and schedule.

Where do fans purchase tickets?

All-tournament and single-session tickets for the 2018 Gildan Charleston Classic are on sale now. They can be purchased online through the College of Charleston ticket office, via phone at (843) 953-2632 or in person at the TD Arena Box Office.

Do you have any premium seating available?

A limited amount of premium group seating is available in the form of the TD Arena President’s Box and loge boxes. For more information please visit our Premium Group Seating page.

Are any VIP experiences offered?

Yes, VIP Hospitality is available to the general public this year. Please check out our VIP Hospitality page for more information.

Do I need to purchase a ticket for my child?

Children age 3 and under do not need a ticket as long as they sit on a parents’ lap.

What is the bag policy at TD Arena?

TD Arena has a clear bag policy similar to many collegiate venues. For more information regarding which types of bags are allowed please click here.

What time do the doors open for each session?

Doors to TD Arena will open to one hour before tip-off, with the exception of Sessions 2 & 4. Doors will open 45 minutes prior in those cases due to a tight turnaround between sessions. If games run on time TD Arena will be cleared in between sessions.

Are travel packages available?

Discounted hotel rates are available at the Hyatt Place/House Charleston Historic District through our travel partner Anthony Travel. Click here for more information.

What kind of travel destination is Charleston?

Historic Charleston has been named the #1 small city in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure six years in a row (2013-2018). The average high temperature in November is 70 degrees, making it a perfect time of year to visit. Check out our Travel page for more information.

Where is TD Arena?

TD Arena is located at 301 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston, just one block from Marion Square and famed King Street.

Is parking available?

All parking for the Charleston Classic is public. There are no reserved lots or garages. The City of Charleston owns a number of parking garages, most of which are $2 an hour or a flat fee of $5-7 if accessed in the late-afternoon/evening. The closest garages to TD Arena are Marion Square, Camden, and Saint Phillip. The closest with the discounted evening rate at Majestic and the Visitor’s Center. Below are some links that can help guide your decision:

List of garages: https://www.charleston-sc.gov/parking-information
Parking garage map: https://www.parkme.com/map?q=Charleston%2C+SC%2C+USA

There are also a number of city owned metered spaces downtown. Please observe all signage on parking areas to avoid being ticketed or towed.

Directions from all areas north/west of Charleston:

Take I-26 East into Charleston until the freeway comes to an end. Take Exit 221-B (exits to the left) and follow the signs to Meeting Street. Bear right from the exit ramp on to Meeting Street (at the light). Proceed south 0.9 miles down Meeting Street to George Street. Turn right on George Street, the TD Arena is immediately on the right.

Directions from Mount Pleasant:

Proceed on Highway 17 over the Arthur Ravenel Bridge over Cooper River/harbor. Take the Meeting Street exit. Take left at the light and proceed south exactly 0.9 miles down Meeting Street to George Street. Turn right on George Street, the TD Arena is immediately on the right.

Directions from all areas south of Charleston:

Proceed on Highway 17 North across the Ashley River Bridge bearing right onto Lockwood Blvd, staying in the left hand lane. At the first light, after the overpass, turn left onto Calhoun Street. Turn right at the corner of Meeting Street and Calhoun Street. (Intersection – Holiday Inn, First Citizens Bank). Go one block to George Street, the TD Arena is immediately on the right.