Where to Watch College Basketball in Raleigh

  • View of Skybox Grill at Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown Hotel

North Carolina’s “The Triangle” is known as a destination for college sports fans for everything from basketball to soccer and swimming. With a variety of colleges nearby and in the surrounding area, towns like Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill are great places to watch college sports. They’ve also collectively been known as the “Tournament Town.”

Fans from all over visit North Carolina to attend the annual tournaments. Raleigh is a great place to start to get a taste of the excitement. Not only can you attend the sporting events, but also there are concerts, special events, and great restaurants and bars to visit while in town.

So, if you’re a college sports fan, plan a weekend getaway to Raleigh for the full college basketball experience. I recommend heading to:

  • The PNC Arena: This is the heart of the largest college basketball tournament in Raleigh. It is centrally located allowing you to easily walk to events and sightsee on the way.
  • Sports Bars: Even if you can’t make it to the games in-person, the excitement of thousands of fans in the city is contagious throughout the Triangle Area. Because of this, sports bars are another favorite option to watch the games among locals. Try Skybox Grill which has 40+ televisions, a daily bar and food specials located inside Hilton North Raleigh / Midtown.
  • Fan Festivals: Concerts and special events are planned around March to accommodate the many visitors in town for the sporting events. Try checking out the Raleigh fan festivals while in town for live entertainment.
  • Hotels & Restaurants: One of the great things about booking a weekend getaway for a sporting event is that it is like a mini-vacation. Hotel restaurants and bars instantly become another great place to socialize with other like-minded sports fans. They are also a great option for groups who need a larger event space. And the real bonus; you’ll likely see your favorite teams and their players staying at surrounding hotels, too! Try the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown for a centrally located experience.

For more great hotel options in the area, check out our full Hilton Worldwide portfolio.

Enjoy Raleigh, in the heart of North Carolina’s Triangle Area, and tweet us @HiltonSuggests for more suggestions during your visit!






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This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Carolyn C. Are you interested in traveling to Raleigh? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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