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First Four Does Wonders for the Dayton Area; City Will Fight to Keep it
DAYTON -- Since it's inception, the First Four has done wonders for the city of Dayton. The games bring about $4 million to Dayton's economy. This year Dayton nearly sold out the First Four games.
"I'm a sports fanatic. I love the games," said Harold Anderson who went to the First Four.
But the packed house is not the only reason the NCAA chose us.
"We need to have facilities but we also need hotel rooms for the guest to stay in, fine restaurants and places for the guests to eat when they're here," said Dayton Montgomery County Convention Visitors Bureau CEO Jacquelyn Powell. "I think the community is very welcoming. We have that Midwest charm and hospitality here and people love that."
After getting red carpet treatment and seeing their team colors everywhere, the visiting teams gave our visitors bureau great feedback.
"I think that's going to play well with the NCAA," said Powell.
That is important because although we know the games will be back here next year, the bid process will be coming up later this year for the 2016 First Four games.
"I think having the First Four stay in Dayton would be very beneficial to the Dayton community," said Manager of Shish Wraps Simon Abboud. "It's a great atmosphere to have a basketball game."
"Our accessibility is great here," said Powell. "We have a wonderful airport that's easy to get to and through in addition to that we are located at the crossroads of I-70 and I-75."
"It should stay in Dayton," said Anderson. "We have the great combinations of restaurants, distance from the UD Arena and great fans."
First four May be over but Dayton still has a lot of events this year that are going to bring in thousands of people.
Here are some of the biggest:
Winterguard International - April
Dayton Hamvention - May
Adidas Warrior Soccer - Memorial Day Weekend
Mead Cusa Cup Soccer - Labor Day Weekend
U.S. Youth Soccer Regional - June
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