NCAA Basketball Could Bring Big Bucks To Music City
by Emily Luxen
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena could bring an economic slam dunk to Nashville's economy.
Officials from the Convention and Visitors Bureau estimate the tournament games could bring $1 to $2 million into the city, and expect fans to fill up hotels and restaurants downtown.
At Rippy's on Broadway, the staff is already preparing for the rush of extra customers.
"With games on Friday, and games on Sunday and St. Patty's Day in between, we will be pretty crowded," said Manager Terry Weakley.
The staff at other businesses on Broadway are also looking forward to a busy weekend. At Ernest Tubb's Record Shop, the manager said an event like this normally brings him at least a 10 percent boost in business.
"We've always benefited greatly from any sporting event of this magnitude at Bridgestone," said Stephen Bowen.
Officials at the Convention and Visitors Bureau said the tournament is also a great opportunity to show off all Nashville has to offer.
"It's a great reminder we are a great city to visit," said President and CEO Butch Spyridon, "It is a great reminder we do things other than music. Anytime you reinforce your message you are doing good."