CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The mats are down, there's an intensity inside Quicken Loans Arena for the practice session and it has a slight smell of body odor.
It's time for the 2018 NCAA Wrestling Division I Championships in Cleveland.
Here is a look at the tournament by the numbers and why it's such a big deal to have the tournament in Cleveland.
- 640- number of matches through the championship session Saturday night
- 330- number of wrestlers who were selected for the tournament
- Eight- number of mats on the floor of the Q that will have wrestling on them all at the same time
- Two- number of sessions a day Thursday-Saturday
- 30,000- fans, staff, officials expected each day at the Q
- 1998- last time NCAA Wrestling Championship was in Cleveland, held at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center
- $15 million- economic impact in Cleveland according to Greater Cleveland Sports Commission for restaurants, hotels and attractions
- 0- tickets sold-out in hours when they were released months ago
- $47.50- cheapest ticket on secondary market, StubHub for the Saturday morning session
- 19- number of hours ESPN will broadcast of the tournament on its channels and app
- Two locations- while wrestling will take place at the Q, the free Fan Fest is being held at the Huntington Convention Center on Lakeside
- 200,000-300,000- The number of St. Patrick's Day Parade goers that will mix in with the wrestling fans on Saturday
No matter the numbers, Cleveland police have said they are ready for both major events.
"Yes, the Division is aware of the tourney coming here during St. Patrick's day weekend. We have a detailed security plan in place as we do for all large scale events," Cleveland Police Detective Jennifer Ciaccia said.