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FedExForum ready for NCAA spotlight

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - If you thought March Madness was out of hand when the Tigers played Thursday, just wait - next week the madness is coming to Memphis.

Next weekend, FedExForum will be the host venue for the NCAA South Regional Final.

Kevin Kane, Director of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, has his bracket ready.

"We hope North Carolina gets here," he said. "We hope Oklahoma gets here, obviously, because we know those two schools have a huge fan following."

Regardless of which teams show up, city officials expect a large number of tourists.  Memphis police say they plan to flex their muscles, cracking down on parking lot scammers, ticket scalpers, panhandlers, and other suspicious characters.

Officers will focus on the high volume of foot traffic between downtown hotels and the Forum.  As with all Tiger and Grizzlies games, police plan to shut down 4th street between Beale and Linden. They ask that if you're driving, that you just follow the flow of traffic, and that if you're walking, that you just pay attention."

Throughout downtown, police will use cameras tied into the MPD's Real Time Crime Center.  While police hope to protect the guests, the CVB hopes visitors will find Beale Street after the games.

"We know we're going to have thousands of people here from out of town, and we're just ready for them and excited about it," Kane said.

Approximately 1,200 tickets are still available for next week's games.  Kane said they are going fast.

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