Your best options for parking in Columbia for March Madness weekend

Your best options for parking in Columbia for March Madness weekend

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - City of Columbia Parking Services has partnered with local transportation groups to offer several options to move around downtown this weekend for March Madness.

Some options are free, while others have different prices depending on the day/proximity to Colonial Life Arena. Here’s the city’s reference guide:

Basketball fans will have several convenient ways to travel to and from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and surrounding events:

  • Park & Ride: Gameday shuttles will be available for FREE on open practice day and on game days. Park your car at one of three satellite parking areas for free and let the shuttle take you to the big game:
    • GAMECOCK PARK: 76 National Guard Road (near Gamecock football stadium)
    • KLINE LOT: 405 Gervais Street (at the corner of Huger and Gervais Streets)
    • ACROSS FROM STATE FAIRGROUNDS: 1308 Rosewood Drive (shuttle from Gamecock Park will pick you up at Andrews Road, across from the State Fairgrounds’ Gate 6)
  • Or, catch a gameday shuttle outside of downtown area hotels to get closer to the arena. Shuttle hours:
    • March 21: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
    • March 22: 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.
    • March 24: Two hours before the first game begins - Two hours after the final game ends
  • Parking Downtown: Plenty of parking garages are available in our downtown districts or download the Passport Parking app to pay easily when sliding into a metered spot.
    • Thursday Rates:
      • Park Street Garage – Complimentary for Open Practice
      • All other city garages – Normal parking operations.
    • Friday Rates
      • Park & Lincoln Street garages – $30 event parking
    • Saturday Rates
      • Park & Lincoln Street garages – $10 event parking
      • All other city garages – Normal parking operations
    • Sunday Rates
      • Park & Lincoln garages – $30 event parking
      • All other city garages – Normal parking operations
    • Normal Parking Operations
      • Hourly Deck Rates
        • First 30 minutes – $1
        • Second 30 minutes – $1

You can find more information on transportation and things to do in Columbia this weekend by clicking here.

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