The flag, which was raised by protesters on the top level of an adjoining parking garage, flew near the arena's main fan entrance, making nearly certain that many attendees at the NCAA games would see it on their way in.
The group arrived Sunday morning, raising the flag from the back of a pickup truck.
In addition to the large flag that was seen waving near Greenville's Bon Secours Wellness Arena where the men's games were taking place, protesters were seen carrying the flag on the streets below. "Freedom of speech activities on public property in areas surrounding the arena are managed by the city of Greenville and we are supportive of the city's efforts".
Protestors are flying a Confederate flag on the top of a parking garage next to the NCAA Tournament arena in Greenville, South Carolina today.
Yet, there a small band of Confederate dunces gathered Sunday, divisive emblem raised high above their heads and said parking facility, seemingly dissatisfied with their symbolic political victory and presumably not sated by South Carolina's actual upset win over Duke. The NCAA originally placed the games in Greensboro, North Carolina.
SC was unable to host NCAA predetermined championships because of the organization's ban, which began in 2001. However, the NCAA has said it will no longer host postseason events there until the state repeals its controversial bathroom bill, which requires transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender listed on their birth certificate.
Tickets remain for regionals at the NCAA's seven other regional sites.
Judith Browne Dianis - the executive director of the Advancement Project, an American nonprofit focusing on racial justice issues - said that there are too many people in these states that still celebrate symbols of racism and oppression, and that the Confederate flag can not be disconnected from slavery or the legacy of Jim Crow in America. The sanction was lifted in July 2015, shortly after the flag was removed from the state-capitol premises in response to white-supremacist Dylann Roof murdering nine civilians inside a Charleston Church. He says, "We wanted to show the NCAA that we're still here".
Some basketball fans said the Confederate flag shouldn't be there.
Hunter Meadows of Blue Ridge said the protesters did not think it fair that all Confederate flag supporters were blamed for Roof's actions.