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NCAA basketball fans boost downtown businesses

4th Street Bar and Grill welcomes Kentucky fans. (Source: WOIO) 4th Street Bar and Grill welcomes Kentucky fans. (Source: WOIO)
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  • Cleveland economy to benefit from March Madness

    Cleveland economy to benefit from March Madness

    Wednesday, March 25 2015 7:03 PM EDT2015-03-25 23:03:52 GMT
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    The Q is bracing itself for crowds. (Source: WOIO)The Q is bracing itself for crowds. (Source: WOIO)
    March Madness has infected the Q and while many of the fans are wearing blue, Cleveland is seeing green. More >>
    March Madness has infected the Q and while many of the fans are wearing blue, Cleveland is seeing green. More >>
  • The Q gets NCAA makeover ahead of finals

    The Q gets NCAA makeover ahead of finals

    Tuesday, March 24 2015 5:22 PM EDT2015-03-24 21:22:39 GMT
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    The Q has strict guidelines to follow from the NCAA on what the arena should look like from the floor to the nets. (Source: WOIO)The Q has strict guidelines to follow from the NCAA on what the arena should look like from the floor to the nets. (Source: WOIO)
    It's not a renovation, but what is happening inside Quicken Loans Arena ahead of the NCAA Midwest Regional Finals certainly qualifies as a transformation. More >>
    It's not a renovation, but what is happening inside Quicken Loans Arena ahead of the NCAA Midwest Regional Finals certainly qualifies as a transformation. 
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  • March Madness coming to Cleveland

    March Madness coming to Cleveland

    Monday, March 23 2015 5:09 PM EDT2015-03-23 21:09:17 GMT
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    The Q will be packed with college basketball fans this week. (Source: WOIO)The Q will be packed with college basketball fans this week. (Source: WOIO)
    March Madness returns to Cleveland this Thursday and Saturday, sure to pack the Q -- and the city -- with college basketball fans.More >>
    March Madness returns to Cleveland this Thursday and Saturday, sure to pack the Q -- and the city -- with college basketball fans.
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  • NCAA fever jacks up prices downtown

    NCAA fever jacks up prices downtown

    Thursday, March 26 2015 10:11 PM EDT2015-03-27 02:11:37 GMT
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    Take a quick drive by Quicken Loans Arena and you don't have to look far to see a sign of the insanity that is March Madness. Fans are paying 50 bucks a pop to park.More >>
    Take a quick drive by Quicken Loans Arena and you don't have to look far to see a sign of the insanity that is March Madness. Fans are paying 50 bucks a pop to park.More >>
  • Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament schedule on CBS 19

    Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament schedule on CBS 19

    Wednesday, March 25 2015 3:59 PM EDT2015-03-25 19:59:06 GMT
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    CBS is a proud partner of the NCAA Tournament and will carry multiple games. Here is a schedule of games being played on CBS, along with the 19 Action News schedule. Cleveland will host two games of the Sweet 16, plus the Elite Eight matchup.More >>
    CBS is a proud partner of the NCAA Tournament and will carry multiple games. Here is a schedule of games being played on CBS, along with the 19 Action News schedule. Cleveland will host two games of the Sweet 16, plus the Elite Eight matchup.More >>
  • Kentucky fans make Midwest Regionals most expensive NCAA tournament ticket

    Kentucky fans make Midwest Regionals most expensive NCAA tournament ticket

    Tuesday, March 24 2015 7:52 PM EDT2015-03-24 23:52:13 GMT
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    This week, fans are paying an average of $646 for a full strip (a ticket to all three games) to the Midwest Regionals at Quicken Loans Arena, making it the second-most expensive regional in the last five years of the NCAA tournament, according to SeatGeek, an expansive online ticket search engine.More >>
    This week, fans are paying an average of $646 for a full strip (a ticket to all three games) to the Midwest Regionals at Quicken Loans Arena, making it the second-most expensive regional in the last five years of the NCAA tournament, according to SeatGeek, an expansive online ticket search engine.

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  • RTA adds extra service for March Madness

    RTA adds extra service for March Madness

    Tuesday, March 24 2015 7:30 PM EDT2015-03-24 23:30:12 GMT
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    RTA offering extra service during Sweet Sixteen (Source: RTA)RTA offering extra service during Sweet Sixteen (Source: RTA)
    Downtown Cleveland will be buzzing with NCAA Tournament basketball fans when Cleveland State University hosts the Sweet Sixteen at The Q. RTA hopes to make traffic easier by adding extra evening Red Line services.More >>
    Downtown Cleveland will be buzzing with NCAA Tournament basketball fans when Cleveland State University hosts the Sweet Sixteen at The Q. RTA hopes to make traffic easier by adding extra evening Red Line services.More >>
DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - March Madness means money madness for Cleveland. Thousands of basketball fans are flocking to town and spending lots of money.
 
Danni Chilcott, a Wichita State fan, is excited to see Thursday night's game.
 
"Very psyched," Chilcott said. "I think we're all really pumped. We can't wait to play and cheer on the Shockers team!"
 
Chilcott and some of her friends were walking along East 4th Street Wednesday evening. Before the games begin, they are checking out the city.
 
"I've never been to Cleveland, so it's been fun experiencing the culture," said Kelli Rappard, also from Wichita. "We went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the science museum."
 
Cleveland's most popular tourist attractions aren't the only places that are getting an economic boost. Downtown hotels are sold out to accommodate all the visitors. Restaurants are seeing big crowds, too.
 
"The economic impact of this will be somewhere between $5-$10 million and we won't truly know until after the event when we really look at the number of visitors who came in," said Jeff Pacini, vice president of business development for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
 
The Corner Alley on East 4th and Euclid is getting a nice boost in business this week. University of Kentucky alumni groups have made it the central meeting location while they are in Cleveland. 
 
Michael Grasso, the general manager at The Corner Alley, says he had to add staff to handle the extra customers this week.
 
"We're definitely hiring more people, buying more product," Grasso said. "Locally for us, a large increase in sales. It's one of our best March's ever. After a long, cold winter it's definitely helping out."

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