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NCAA coming to Tucson this week

By Ana Campos – email

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) – As the University of Arizona's McKale Center is getting ready to host six NCAA games next weekend, local business in the area are also getting ready  for out of state fans.

It's been six years since the last time the NCAA came to Tucson. Now that it's about to arrive, restaurants in the UA area are anticipating an increase in revenue.

McKale will host four games March 17th . The winners from those games will move on to play on Saturday March 19th.

It will be a big weekend for restaurant/bar Frog & Firkin located on the University strip.

"Not only do we have St. Patty's day on Thursday we also have the whole weekend. Thursday to Sunday it's going to be huge for us," says Tiffany Reeve.

Two of the major hotels closest to the UA are also cashing in on the games.

Sheraton's Four Points was already booked Sunday afternoon for next Thursday and Friday. They anticipated Saturday would also fill up once the teams were announced.

The University Marriott had similar results.

This will be the UA's 13th time as a host. Businesses who cater to college basketball fans are hoping it wont be the last.

Thursday games to be played at McKale Center:

-San Diego State plays Northern Colorado

-Temple against Penn. State

-Wisconsin plays Belmont

-Kansas State goes against Utah State

 

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