Greenville Fan Fest kicked off on Saturday, providing an interactive experience to fans from all over the country visiting the area.
The event happened in the midst of the first round of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament, which is being held in Greenville at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
There were no games being played on Saturday, but that allowed fans to really express who they’re pulling for throughout the tournament.
“I think Fan Fest is great,” said Sherry Aaron, an Auburn fan from Auburn, Alabama. “Just opportunities for people to enjoy the downtown, visit some of the stores here, get some great food with the food trucks, and everything going he has just been amazing. “
Sherry said she loves Greenville and basketball, so it was the perfect pairing.
“Greenville has always been a location that we wanted to come to, the destination,” Aaron said. “Then when Auburn is playing basketball here, I can’t think of two better things to match up.”
Fan Fest featured a half-court basketball court, LED screens for viewings of other games across the country, as well as food trucks, vendors and local organizations.
“It’s incredible to have folks from all over the country to come and see our town, and what we do,” said Michelle Nance, Director of Destination Experiences for VisitGreenvilleSC. “We’re really proud of Greenville.”
Nance said the bid cycle to host the first round of the men’s NCAA Tournament was started back in 2017. She said winning the bid, the planning process, and waiting for this year to finally come was well worth it.
“This tournament brings in a multi-million dollar economic impact on the community,” Nance said.
Nance said she hopes everyone who came out to the free event was able to enjoy themselves while experiencing what downtown Greenville has to offer.