Waco sees economic boost while hosting two NCAA tournaments
NCAA Women's D1 and Men's NIT basketball
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 9:33pm
Waco, TX — Baylor and the city of Waco are reaping benefits from hosting not one, but two major college basketball tournaments this week.
Over the weekend, roughly 10,000 people came to Waco for both the NCAA Women's D1, and the Men’s NIT basketball tournaments.
The city of Waco is estimating a million dollars will be spent in the area as a result.
Many hotels in Waco have been booked through tonight when the women’s regional bracket ends. Local restaurants have seen a boost too.
The recent success of Baylor athletics and the current construction of the new state-of-the-art football stadium has already given the area an economic influx that otherwise wouldn’t of happened.
“What’s good for Waco is good for Baylor and what is good for Baylor is good for Waco. It’s a win-win, said Blake Harris, Vice President of the Sports Division at the Waco Greater Chamber of Commerce. There’s a lot going on right now that are hand-in-hand with each other. And definitely, I think Waco is Baylor’s biggest fan right now.”
Tuesday night's matchup between Baylor and Florida State will mark Brittney Griner’s last home game with Baylor.
The game is expected to fill the 10,000 seat Ferrell Center.
The NIT tournament will resume Wednesday.