The Big Easy Welcomes Final Four, Economic Impact to Top $145 Million

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 in Local Issues, Sports

Kansas Forward Thomas Robinson Arrives in New Orleans

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and NCAA Final Four officials welcomed teams Thursday night to the Crescent City. Coaches, players and staff from Ohio State, Kansas, Louiville and Kentucky were greeted by hundred of excited and awe-struck fans.

The Superdome is expected to be packed with over 74,000 fans for the games, which, if true, would be a Final Four attendance record. Organizers predict the economic impact will reach $145 million for the weekend.

“We’re here to celebrate this incredible weekend and the City of New Orleans is thrilled to have so many of our wonderful friends here. We know we’re going to put on a big show for everybody,” said Mayor Landrieu. This Final Four will be the Crescent City’s fourth Final Four Championship. The last one hosted in New Orleans was in 2003.

“It’s absolutely huge for the city,” said David Sherman, chairman of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. “It brings in these visitors. We get to showcase everything we can do for these types of events. It’s just phenomenal.”

After their big welcome, NCAA basketball stars mingled with students inside bracket town, taking a moment to document the start of what will be an unforgettable weekend in an unforgettable town.

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