For all the new faces and changes on the court for the Coastal Carolina basketball team this season, the first differences fans will notice Friday night for the Chanticleers’ home opener against Akron involve the new procedures and features in and around the arena.
Here is some pertinent information to help fans adjust to the move across campus from Kimbel Arena to The HTC Center.
The lot immediately next to The HTC Center as well as the lot across the street near the university post office are donor-restricted lots. With exception to the first-come, first-serve handicap spots there, those spaces are numbered and reserved for donors and season ticket holders with the appropriate parking pass.
Fans seeking general parking are encouraged to try the gravel Elvington Lot behind the arena, which is most easily accessed from Hwy 544 through the Ace University Bookstore parking lot, which leads back to a larger lot for basketball parking.
There will also be several lots in front of the Wall College of Business cleared for basketball parking on game nights. Students driving to the game are asked to park near the residence halls. And if the aforementioned spots are full, fans can park on any other open lot throughout campus.
“The typical ratio is 3-to-1 (people per vehicle) and in these areas we’ve mentioned, we’ve got enough to accommodate the full capacity if we went with that ratio,” said Bruce Gregory, CCU’s senior associate athletics director for internal operations. “If for some reason the number of cars was more, they would have to end up taking spots [further away on campus]. We’ve got enough parking on campus to accommodate.”
There are no donor-restricted lots for women’s basketball games.
As of the close of business Thursday, about 200 tickets remained for the game Friday night, according to information provided by the athletic department.
Tickets can be purchased on game day at Gates 1 and 2. Will call pickup is at Gate 1, students are to enter through Gate 2, while fans with tickets in hand can enter through Gates 1, 2 or 3.
Utilizing the school’s online ticketing system through www.ticketreturn.com/CCU, students no longer have to wait in line on gameday for tickets.
The university book store inside The HTC Center will close at 5 p.m. and reopen at game time and remain open throughout the game. There is also “Chauncey’s Sign Shop” on the second floor where young fans can make signs to display during the game.
The HTC Center offers many of the in-game features that were lacking at Kimbel. That includes two video boards, two courtside LED boards, two ribbon boards up top showing scores from around the country and the ability to dim the lights during pregame introductions.
“We’re trying to add an air of NBA atmosphere to what we’ve got,” said Kevin Olivett, CCU’s assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions. “We’ve got a new arena – we’re going to use every bell and whistle we can.”
Contact RYAN YOUNG at 626-0318.