March Madness: Day 2 Gets Underway In Nashville

Posted at 7:31 AM, Mar 16, 2018

Day two of March Madness gets underway Friday Nashville.

Downtown will be busy throughout the day as people flock to watch teams like the No. 1-seeded Xavier tip off later this evening.

Here’s a look at the rundown at Bridgestone Arena:

11:30 a.m. – Doors open

1 p.m. – Game One Tip off

  • Georgia State (15) vs. Cincinnati (2)
  • Texas (10) vs. Nevada (7)

6:20 p.m. –  Game Three Tip off

  • Texas Southern (16) vs. Xavier (1)
  • Florida State (9) vs. Missouri (8)

Click Here To See The Full Bracket 
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Nashville is used to hosting thousands of visitors with CMA Fest and national conventions booked year round, but the NCAA tournament and St. Patrick's Day fall at the same time this weekend, packing even more people into Nashville.

Music City is expected to feel a $10 million economic impact from this weekend, according to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

NCAA tournament fans said they followed their teams to Nashville because there's so much to do, especially Cincinnati because of the 5-hour drive.

For bars on Broadway like Rippy's, CMA Fest and the Stanley Cup finals bring the bes business but Rippy's told NewsChannel 5 to have the tournament and St. Pattys day fall on the same weekend was like a bonus shot. 

Rippys has extra staff and even opened early for fans who were waiting outside before 11 a.m.