Tens of thousands of cars parked near Greensboro Coliseum

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- About 28,000--that's the number of vehicles parking crews expected to see parked in the Greensboro Coliseum area during Friday's NCAA tournament games.

The first game didn't start until 1:40 p.m., but crews were out before sunrise getting ready for the onslaught.

The plan was months in the making, and here's the math:

"We should see 20,000 patrons for each session, so we will see 40,000 total patrons," said Police Capt. Sean Gladiux. "You figure anywhere from 1-4 people (in each vehicle), take the median average of about 2 1/2, and we will see about 27-28,000 cars."

There are about 6,000 parking spots on coliseum property. Gladiux said they can get everyone out of the lot in about 22 minutes and refill it in 32 minutes.

Across the street, Stamey's was ready for those wanting prime parking.

"It can get very hectic when they all come in the last 15 minutes," said a Stamey's attendant.

And then there were those like a couple from Ohio, who decided to park a couple of miles away at the Sheraton Hotel and take a free shuttle.

"This was fantastic. This was the best. We were very happy to find a shuttle that could get us to and from," one woman said.

Some came from as far away as Canada to see the games in Greensboro. A group of nine Canadians are in a tailgating spot outside the coliseum--just because.

"A case of beer cost us $42. Down here we bought seven or eight and it was $14 a case," one visitor said. "So we probably won't go home. We will probably just move down here."

See some of Greensboro's other visitors in the video below.