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NCAA Tournament to bring economic boost to Tucson businesses

KOLD News 5-5:30 p.m. recurring
Published: Mar. 14, 2022 at 6:58 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The University of Arizona Wildcats are getting ready to host March Madness after the women grabbed the number four seed in the NCAA tournament.

The Wildcats will play UNLV Saturday at McKale Center.

Fans are rushing to get tickets for the weekend’s big game. The ticket office’s phone has been ringing off the hook.

“The line has been crazy all day long. I don’t think there’s been a time where we haven’t had a line outside which is very not the usual for a Monday morning,” ticket sales manager Ashtyn Frye said.

Wildcat fans came out in full force Monday to get there hands on tickets for the women’s opening round game this Saturday.

Tickets for the student section sold out within two hours for both rounds.

″Tickets for sale opened at 9 this morning. I had a class, but I came right after. So I was hoping. They said they had limited numbers so I came, and I luckily got some,” student Emma Hutchinson said.

Brand new and longtime supporters scrambled to the box office, hoping to give the team a home court advantage.

I’m hoping that we’re going to get a packed house. I’m hoping that Tucson will come out and support the lady cats. I think the cats are so exciting. So much fun to watch. I think it would be great if the community really supported them,” fan, Louis Hollingsworth says.

Fans are ready to support the team. Store owners say they’re selling merchandise like crazy.

Visit Tucson’s Nick Pazzi says the tournament will also bring a big economic boost to Tucson.

“Just the teams alone, we’re anticipating about a $1.3 million economic impact for the community here between the hotel rooms they rent, meals they’re going to need, transportation to and from the airport, to and from McKale Center, even dry cleaning and stuff they like that, services that they use,” he said.

He says this is great exposure for Tucson because the games will be on national TV.

“That gives Tucson an opportunity to shine on national TV. People can see how beautiful it is on our community, how beautiful the campus is, the weather here this time of year. We may see people come just to watch their child who’s an athlete at one of these universities play, but they may decide to come back next year just for a vacation,” he explained.

Some tickets still available for Saturday. You can buy them at McKale or online. You can find more details here.

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