Final Four could bring $20M to Nashville's economy - WKRN News 2

Final Four could bring $20M to Nashville's economy

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

One of the biggest sporting events Nashville has ever hosted is underway downtown.

The Women's Final Four officially tipped off Sunday night, but Music City started feeling the economic impact Thursday.

Butch Spyridon with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation says he has been working to snag the basketball event for the city for years.

"It's a win for the NCAA, a win for Nashville and a win for the fans,"' Spyridon explained.

It has drawn around 20,000 fans to Nashville, and they are packing the bars, restaurants and hotels of downtown.

"Some are here for four days, some are here for five and some are here for a couple," Spyridon told News 2.

Spyridon hopes the visitors leave behind a $20 million impact.

"I'm going to manage expectations, but $20 [million] isn't out of the question at all," he said.
 
The basketball court inside the Bridgestone Arena has "Music City" written all over it, providing national exposure that will keep on giving.

"We are reminding people what a good city this is to come visit. We are reminding people what a good town this is to host events like this, so it's a future sales on the leisure, future sales on the event side and we fully expect the NCAA to say we want to come back," said Spyridon.

The national championship game will be Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena.

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