NCAA Men's Tournament Expected To Generate Revenue For OKC

Monday, March 14th 2016, 9:33 pm
By: News 9

Get ready for a huge weekend for Oklahoma City. 

The Chesapeake Energy Arena will be one of the host sites for the first and second rounds of the men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament. 

It will be the fourth time since 2003 that Oklahoma City has been a host city. 

The City of Oklahoma City said each Oklahoma City Thunder home basketball game generates an economic impact of over $1.3 million. 

Downtown OKC, Inc., spokeswoman Mallory O’Neill said the NCAA Tournament will generate similar numbers.

“The great thing about the NCAA Tournament, too. It spans over multiple days, so these people are coming and supporting their teams, and they are staying here and then with some of the draws having OU here and Texas and Texas A&M. We really think it’s gonna have great crowds throughout downtown this week, and I think it will be really exciting,” she said.

Oklahoma City’s annual Home and Outdoor Living Show runs Friday through Sunday at the State Fairgrounds. Organizers said they expect 25,000 people to attend.