Game Plan: Parking Guide & Fan Zone Info Women's College
Basketball Tournament at MVP Arena on
Friday, March 29th -
Monday, April 1 

PLEASE NOTE:  THERE IS NO PARKING AVAILABLE AT THE MVP ARENA GARAGE!!!  There will be ample metered parking spots, surface parking lots and garages available near the MVP Arena in downtown Albany throughout the tournament.

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Recommended Parking Locations:

Green Hudson Garage located at 45 Hudson Avenue (4 minute walk to the MVP Arena)
Quackenbush Garage located at 25 Orange Street (15 minute walk to the MVP Arena)
Riverfront Garage located at 2 Columbia Street (10 minute walk to the MVP Arena)

If parking on-street, visitors can easily pay their parking meter through their phone using the ParkAlbanyApp.

Office of General Services Parking Lots in Downtown Albany
Liberty/Dallius Lot
Madison/Green Lot
Pastures Lot
The fee is $25 per car per day.

Additional Downtown Albany Parking Options

Road Closures/Parking Restrictions 
Beginning March 29
2024 NCAA Road Closures Map 1

2024 NCAA Road Closures Map 2


Friday Albany Game Times 
March 29                         2:30 PM  Notre Dame vs Oregon State
March 29                         5:00 PM  South Carolina vs Indiana
Winners of each game go on to play each other Sunday.

Saturday Albany Game Times 
March 30                         1:00 PM  UCLA vs LSU
March 30                         3:30 PM  Iowa vs Colorado
Winners of each game go onto play each other Monday.

Sunday Albany Game Time
March 31                         1:00 PM 
Sunday winner advances to Final Four.

Monday Albany Game Time
April 1                              7:00 PM
Monday winner advances to Final Four.


No transportation from the train station?  No worries, CDTA has got you covered!!  Introducing Flex +, your convenient, on-demand connection between the Joseph L. Bruno Rail Station and key downtown Albany destinations, including the New York State Capitol, Albany Capital Center, Empire State Plaza, and other popular downtown spots.

Here is the best part – you can pre-book your trips based on real-time train arrivals and departures.  It is all about YOUR schedule and YOUR ride!  Plus, paying is a breeze with the Pingo app, Navigator app, or cash – whatever works best for you.

Thank you CDTA for all you do to keep us moving!  Ready to learn more?  Additional information can be found here.


MVP Arena continually reviews its security systems. As a result of these ongoing reviews, and with the goal of continuing to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for our guests, tenants, and co-workers, MVP Arena has added numerous procedures and security measures to its existing comprehensive security program.

  • Bag policy: CLEAR plastic, vinyl or PVC bags no larger than 12” x 6” x 12” will be allowed. Small clutch bags no larger than 4.5” x 6.5” (approximately the size of a hand) will be allowed and do not need to be clear. PLEASE CHECK THE DIMENSIONS OF YOUR POCKETBOOK!!!!  Larger and other types of bags are prohibited. There is no storage or check-in for prohibited bags. For patrons with young children in attendance, diaper bags are allowed and subject to search. 
  • Walk-thru metal detectors will be used at all entrances of the facility. If needed, security will perform pat downs on patrons in addition to the metal detectors.
  •  Professional lenses are prohibited
  • Generally, non-professional cameras are allowed (point and shoot, no detachable lens). While not common, occasionally an event will prohibit all cameras. We encourage you to visit your event page for confirmation.

Patrons should plan to arrive earlier than normal to allow for traffic, parking and security procedures.

Prohibited items include but are not limited to:

  • Professional cameras
  • Video/Audio recorders
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Backpacks
  • Luggage
  • Coolers
  • Parcels
  • Briefcases
  • Outside food and beverages
  • Glass items
  • Lasers and glow sticks
  • Fireworks
  • Laser pens
  • Banners on poles
  • Umbrellas
  • Selfie sticks
  • Tablets

MVP Arena does not have a storage or check-in area for prohibited items. 

Fan Zone Times:
Friday, March 29 - 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday, March 30 - 12 Noon - 4:30 PM

Right outside the MVP Arena you will step into a world of delicious treats, and fan experiences.  Our Fan Zone is the ultimate destination to visit right before they drop that basketball.

You will be able to savor the flavors of the diverse food truck lineup, where they will have your taste buds covered and something to please every palate.  Do not miss out on the opportunity to taste some delicious creations by our locals and experience the street food scene right here in the fan zone.

There will be a staffed mobile visitors center, your gateway to all things fan-related.  In addition, the Discover Albany team will answer your questions, share their favorite local "watering holes" and instruct you on how to utilize the Discover Albany App so you have directions and entertainment/dining recommendations right at your fingertips.  Be sure to ask for your complimentary basketball face tattoo while supplies last!

Get ready to groove at our sports fan zone with the electrifying beats of DJ "Jonesy".  From pulsating rhythms to chart-topping hits, immerse yourself in a sonic experience like no other as you celebrate and unite with fellow fans under the spell of her unmatched mixes!

Surrounding the fan zone you will be able to experience our local dining at a selection of themed restaurants.  Whether you want a sports bar buzzing with energy and excitement, or a coffee cafe perfect for unwinding with friends, our restaurants will offer something for everyone.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy delicious food and drinks served with a side of community hospitality.


NCAA Fan Zone




Albany Center Gallery - UN-ARCHIVE Exhibit Open Friday, Saturday from Noon to 5 PM.

Albany Firefighters Museum - Open Sundays

Albany Institute of History & Art - Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Albany Skyway - Open Year Round

B. Lodge & Co. Department Store - Open Friday, Saturday

Corning Tower Observation Deck - Open Friday & Monday - Regular Hours
                                                        Saturday hours 10 AM - 3:30 PM
Empire State Plaza Art Collection Tour - Open Friday

Fresh & Fly Clothing Store - Open Friday, Saturday

Irish American Heritage Museum - Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday until 4

New York State Capitol - Open Friday & Monday - Regular Hours
                                        Saturday tours available from 10 AM - 4 PM
                                        NYS Capitol accessible from Concourse only on Saturday
                                        Meet point is in front of the Visitor's Center on Concourse

New York State Museum - Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Palace Theatre Albany - Black Violin


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