Frequently Asked Questions


The Lowcountry's Premiere College Basketball Event

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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 2020 tournament will be played November 19, 20 & 22.

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 2020 event?

The 2020 Charleston Classic will feature College of Charleston, Florida State, Houston, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Seton Hall, Tennessee, and VCU. The full bracket and schedule will be announced this summer.

Where do fans purchase tickets?

Tickets will be available to purchase through the College of Charleston ticket office beginning in early July. In the meantime, fans can sign up for a discounted ticket pre-sale here.

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 will be available to the public again this year. Stay tuned 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?

Typically the doors will open one hour prior to each session. Exact times will be posted closer to the event.

Are travel packages available?

Discounted hotel rates will be available at a later date through our travel partner Anthony Travel. Click here for more information and to sign up for updates.

What kind of travel destination is Charleston?

Historic Charleston has been named the #1 small city in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure seven years in a row (2013-2019). The average high temperature in November is 70 degrees, making it a perfect time of year to visit. Check our Travel page or Explore Charleston’s Travel Guide 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/Francis Marion, Saint Phillip, and George Street. The closest with the discounted evening rate is Majestic and the Visitor’s Center. Below are some links that can help guide your decision:

Parking garage map with real-time availability

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.