Buffalo Preparing for March Madness

Two weeks from today, downtown Buffalo will be bustling with thousands of visitors. The NCAA tournament is coming to Buffalo and it's expected to bring a big economic impact.

The flow of a hotel has its own rhythm and the Hyatt Regency in Buffalo is preparing for a high note. The General Manager Jay Dellavecchia tells 2 on your side that the hotel is getting ready for rooms to be booked in two weeks.

"We're going to have four teams and we expect to sell out all four nights of the competition," Dellavecchia said.

The NCAA tournament is coming to Buffalo and is expected to have a $5.2 million dollar economic impact in the area.

"In the past few years as we've done this - we've learned and we have volunteers on street corners," Pete Harvey said.

About 100 volunteers will be out around the First Niagara Center with information about restaurants, bars and transportation.

"We are going to have people standing outside with giant signs that say 'ask me' so that they stand out," Harvey said. "People will know that they're the right people to talk to and get the right information they need."

About ten years ago there were problems during that 90-minute period between sessions with people having places to go. Since then, volunteers are now in place,maps will be given out and left at hotels.

Plus, people can get their questions answered in real time by using the hash tag handle "buff hoops" on twitter.

"We're decorating the city, we're doing all kinds of signage to give it a real championship feel and great atmosphere," Ken Taylor with MAAC and the director for the NCAA event in Buffalo explains.

Preparations are underway and seats are selling fast.

"Currently there are a few hundred tickets available for sale just about at sell out capacity which is at about 18,000 fans," Taylor said.

With cranes in the air and construction, it's a chance to show fans what Buffalo's all about.

"It's huge and a great time to be in buffalo."


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