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Businesses benefit from tourney traffic

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Even though the Tigers are out of this year's NCAA tournament, there's plenty of Sweet 16 action to be had, right here in the Bluff City.

Star basketball players from all over the country descended on Memphis Thursday and Friday for the NCAA tournament, along with thousands of fans.

While they're here, they have to eat.

"We're always closed Sundays and Mondays, but were going to open Sunday specifically for the game," said John Vergos, owner of the Rendezvous.

And, visitors have to sleep

"We were full Thursday, full tonight," said Wayne Tabor, general manager of the Holiday Inn Select downtown.

Tabor said his hotel was rooting for one particular team.

"We have Gonzaga here," he said. "We're rooting for them tonight. We're the Gonzaga headquarters."

Meanwhile, Vergos said he wasn't playing favorites.

"It's fun when all these people you see on TV you get to see in person," he said.

Tabor said most downtown hotels were sold out, and the tournament was definitely improving what might normally be a slow time.

"It's making a huge difference," he said. "I don't think we'd be in a sell out situation in Memphis downtown for this particular weekend."

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