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Goodbye March Madness...Hello Frozen Four?

Mayor Brown: "We feel very good about it"

Mike Baggerman
March 20, 2017 - 4:00 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Thousands of tourists flocked to Buffalo last week for the NCAA Tournament in an event that is expected to generate as much as $8 million for the Buffalo economy.

“Having the NCAA Tournament in town, over 19,000 people filling the arena, people coming from all across the country, it’s an opportunity to show the growth, the development, and the progress that has been made in the City of buffalo since the tournament was last in,” Mayor Byron Brown said. “We certainly want to put our best foot forward and show why Buffalo is known nationally as the ‘City of Good Neighbors’.”

The mayor added that he hoped the tourists had a great time in Buffalo and that he wanted those tourists to “spread the word that Buffalo is a good place to visit.”

Eyes now shift towards the next NCAA Tournament. However, instead of March Madness on the basketball court, it’s the Frozen Four on the ice. Buffalo bid over $3 million to get the Frozen Four to Buffalo in 2018. 

“We feel very good about it,” Brown said. “We have certainly been using this week with the NCAA Basketball Tournament being here to pitch why Buffalo is the right place, the best place for the Frozen Four. This is a great hockey town, a great hockey region, on an international region. We are very optimistic, very hopeful, and working very hard to demonstrate this is a good place for the Frozen Four to be held.”

Buffalo was the site of the 2003 Frozen Four. Rochester held regional games in 2007. Last year, Albany held regional games.

Mayor Brown Reacts to NCAA Tournament