What is the Charleston Classic?

The Charleston Classic is an eight-team early season men’s college basketball tournament that includes 12 games through three days, with each team playing one game per day. The 2018 tournament will be played November 15, 16 & 18.

Where is it played?

The Charleston Classic is played at TD Arena on the campus of The College of Charleston. TD Arena has a capacity of 5,100 and opened in 2008 with the first annual Charleston Classic.

Where do fans purchase tickets?

Tickets for the 2018 Gildan Charleston Classic will be available in July. Once on sale they can be purchased through the College of Charleston ticket office, at (843) 953-2632 or at the TD Arena Box Office.

Are travel packages available?

Discounted hotel rates are available annually through our travel partner Anthony Travel. Click here for more information.

What kind of travel destination is Charleston?

Historic Charleston has been named the #1 small city in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure five years in a row (2013-2017). The average high temperature in November is 70 degrees, making it a perfect time of year to visit. Check out our Travel page for more information.

Where is TD Arena?

TD Arena is located at 301 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston, just one block from Marion Square and famed King Street.

Directions from all areas north/west of Charleston:

Take I-26 East into Charleston until the freeway comes to an end. Take Exit 221-B (exits to the left) and follow the signs to Meeting Street. Bear right from the exit ramp on to Meeting Street (at the light). Proceed south 0.9 miles down Meeting Street to George Street. Turn right on George Street, the TD Arena is immediately on the right.

Directions from Mount Pleasant:

Proceed on Highway 17 over the Arthur Ravenel Bridge over Cooper River/harbor. Take the Meeting Street exit. Take left at the light and proceed south exactly 0.9 miles down Meeting Street to George Street. Turn right on George Street, the TD Arena is immediately on the right.

Directions from all areas south of Charleston:

Proceed on Highway 17 North across the Ashley River Bridge bearing right onto Lockwood Blvd, staying in the left hand lane. At the first light, after the overpass, turn left onto Calhoun Street. Turn right at the corner of Meeting Street and Calhoun Street. (Intersection – Holiday Inn, First Citizens Bank). Go one block to George Street, the TD Arena is immediately on the right.

Is parking available?

All parking for the Charleston Classic is public. There are no reserved lots or garages. Below is a list of recommended parking lots and garages within walking distance to TD Arena.

Parking Map

Gildan Charleston Classic Recommended Parking
1. Gaillard Garage – Located on Alexander Street between Calhoun and George
2. St. Philip Street Garage – Located on St. Philip St. between George and Liberty
3. Wentworth Street Garage – Located on corner of St. Philip and Wentworth
4. CofC PG Garage – Located on St. Philip St. between Vanderhorst and Calhoun

Additional Public Parking
5. Francis Marion Garage – Located on King Street just off Marion Square
6. George Street Surface Lot – Located between Meeting and King
7. Wentworth/Renaissance Garage – Located on Wentworth between Meeting and King
8. Camden Exchange Garage – Located on John Street between Meeting and King
9. Aquarium Garage – Located on Calhoun Street between Washing and Concord

There are a number of city owned metered spaces around the TD Arena.  Please observe all signage on parking areas to avoid being ticketed or towed.