Spectator guide: Everything you need to know about the NJCAA District basketball tournament

March 7, 2019, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Welcome to Grand Rapids for the 2019 NJCAA Region XII District Tournament! Here’s all you need to know:

Location: Grand Rapids Community College's Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE, Grand Rapids.

Dates: The women’s teams start playing on March 7, and the men’s teams on March 8. The tournament concludes on March 9.

What’s at stake: Region XII will be sending three men’s and three women’s teams to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, March 19 to 23. The men’s event is at Danville Area Community College in Danville, Ill. The women’s tournament is hosted by North Arkansas College in Harrison, Ark.

What teams are here? The women’s teams are representing Mid-Michigan College from Mount Pleasant, Mich.; Kalamazoo Valley Community College from Texas Township, Mich.; Lake Michigan College from Benton Harbor, Mich.; Wayne County Community College District from Detroit, Schoolcraft College from Livonia, Mich.; St. Clair County Community College from Port Huron, Mich.; and Mott Community College from Flint, Mich.

The men’s teams are from Ancilla College from Donaldson, Ind.; Glen Oaks Community College from Centreville, Mich.; Mid-Michigan College; St. Clair County Community College; Mott Community College; Macomb Community College from Warren, Mich.; and Henry Ford College from Dearborn, Mich.

The GRCC women’s team is the District G No. 5 seed, and the men’s team is the District 9 top seed.

Tickets: Tickets are available for purchase on the day of the game at Ford Fieldhouse. The cost for a single ticket is $5 each day. Students with a valid ID pay $3 per day. Admission is free for children 6 and younger.

Parking: Available in the Lyon parking ramp, which has an entrance on Bostwick Avenue NE. Discount parking tickets are available inside Ford Fieldhouse at the admissions counter. You can get discounted parking passes with the price of admission. If you bring the pass to the lane machine in the ramp, you will be charged only $3.50 for parking per day. The pay-in-lane machines accept cash, credit and debit cards. There also is metered street parking around campus.

Snacks: The Ford Fieldhouse concession stand will be open throughout the tournament.

Following the action remotely: Game scores and additional championship information will be available online at www.mccaa.org, under the specific sport website. Click on the Region XII Tournament link for game scores and tournament information. Live streaming video will be available at www.grccraiders.com.

What happens at the end of the championship? Awards! Student-athletes on the championship team and runner-up will receive team and individual trophies. The Coach of the Year will be announced, as well as the All-Tournament Team and Tournament Most Valuable Player.

Photo galleries: There will be photos available for all games that can be downloaded for free if you visit the GRCC Athletics Flickr site.

What can we do during down time? There are many museums, restaurants and other things to see and experience within walking distance of GRCC. Our partners at Experience Grand Rapids have all kinds of information.

The Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse: The tournament is one of the first major events at GRCC's Ford Fieldhouse and Gordon Hunsberger Arena after extensive renovations. The $8 million project included installation of air conditioning and a new roof as well as additional classroom space and upgrades to locker rooms, training facilities and public areas. The building is named after native son Gerald R. Ford, and the president’s son Michael Ford joined us for a rededication ceremony in January.

Tell me about GRCC: Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. It’s the oldest community college in Michigan and one of the largest, with about 13,000 students in credit courses and about 17,000 in noncredit, workforce training programs.

Classes are offered at on GRCC’s two downtown Grand Rapids campuses, at the Thompson M-TEC in Holland, at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning. GRCC also has growing Early/Middle College and dual enrollment opportunities in high schools across the region.

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