NCAA Men’s Basketball TOURNAMENT

With 20,000-plus college basketball fans attending the second and third rounds 
of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills 
Thursday, March 21 and Saturday, March 23, regional co-hosts from Oakland University
and The Palace are advising fans to plan ahead, arrive early and to use 
alternative routes to the arena.  

The Palace parking lot will open at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Officials are directing fans 
to the ”Hassle Free” Exit 83 at Joslyn Road as an alternative route, 
in addition to taking Exit 81 at Lapeer Road. Signage directs fans to The Palace from 
each exit. Fans are also advised to use both North Drive and South Drive entrances 
to help alleviate heavy traffic entering from Lapeer Road.

Fans attending both sessions on Thursday can pay for parking once if they do not depart the 
venue parking lot. Fans who do decide to leave the grounds 
allowing the first session will have to pay to park again when returning for the second session. 
Parking is $10 per car, $20 per limo and $40 per bus or RV.

Learn more about parking at The Palace of Auburn Hills at For live updates, follow @ThePalace on

Twitter with the hashtag #MarchMadness or at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Facebook.

To purchase additional single-session tickets for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship

2nd and 3rd round games go to, or call 800.745.3000.


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