NCAA Regionals: Winning weekend for Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Visit Indy estimates fans in town for the NCAA Regionals will leave $20 million behind. The big weekend kicks off Friday.

It turns out the cool weather isn’t cooling off passions for the games or for Indianapolis.  Amanda Dreher’s stand on Georgia Street expects to get very heated as the games get underway.

“We will have different Bud products, and we’ll just be selling it and watching TVs,” Dreher said.

A Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky and Louisville NCAA Regional is a vendor’s dream.

“We’ve got southerners coming, they drink,” beer vendor Jan Kunkler told 24-Hour News 8.

Those southerners bring with them fresh eyes for a city that’s always trying to lure new visitors to town. Marsha Clontz, a Kentucky fan, said she considers Indianapolis a good host.

“Everybody has just been so friendly and helpful,” she said.

The Louisville and Kentucky game is a game that fans of  a particularly strong rivalry won’t want to miss. Many wanted to come and stay in Indianapolis, which made finding a room difficult for Kentucky fan Sherry Harris.

“We got online probably within 30 minutes after Kentucky won its game and I had a hard time finding something,” Harris said.

That is what makes the Regionals a $20 million dollar weekend.  All that’s left is for the city to make sure everyone has a good time rooting for their team.

As for the cold temps, heaters are being brought in to keep fans warm all weekend.

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