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Economic 'incline' expected from Memphis hosting NCAA tournament

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From March 27 through March 29 FedExForum will be alive with fans from Stanford, Dayton, UCLA, and Florida showing their support at tourney. From March 27 through March 29 FedExForum will be alive with fans from Stanford, Dayton, UCLA, and Florida showing their support at tourney.
The games kick off Thursday night at 7:15 with Stanford versus Dayton, then the UCLA vs Florida game will follow. The games kick off Thursday night at 7:15 with Stanford versus Dayton, then the UCLA vs Florida game will follow.

(WMC-TV) - Downtown businesses are preparing for the surge of fans who will hit Memphis for the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games for the NCAA tournament.

From March 27 through March 29 FedExForum will be alive with fans from Stanford, Dayton, UCLA, and Florida showing their support at tourney.

"We're expecting a big crowd, a huge economic incline and boosting for the whole downtown area, and good supporting groups from all the teams that are playing," said Alfred's on Beale general manager Brad Glover. "We will definitely be packed from sunrise to sunset, and we have permission to stay open later than normal. So patios open, hopefully the weather is good too."

Mykul Oh with Flynn's Restaurant says there was not much advertising for the games so he hopes Memphians will come out and show support.

"We need the Memphis fans who are basketball fans, who just love basketball to come out to these games right here," said Oh. "There were 43,000 that was estimated to come, so I'm hoping that many people will come it will be nice for the economy as well."

The games kick off Thursday night at 7:15 with Stanford versus Dayton, then the UCLA vs Florida game will follow.

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