OVC Tournament helps local economy

OVC Tournament helps local economy

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - College basketball fans are not only filing into the Ford Center for the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, but they are also piling into Evansville’s various hotels and restaurants.

At Backstage Bar and Grill, we caught up with the alumni director from Murray State. She says every year they come to Evansville, and the alumni are excited not only for the basketball but also for the atmosphere the city creates for its March Madness visitors.

“I just can’t tell you enough how glad we are that the OVC Tournament is in Evansville, Indiana," said Carrie McGinnis, alumni director at Murray State. "The city rolls out the red carpet, the local businesses the organizations. They know how important and how impactful this is for the community. They treat us like they want us here. We just appreciate it so much and hope it’ll stay here for years to come. We know there’s a contract for the next couple of years, but we can’t say enough about the city of Evansville, it’s fantastic.”

Organizers tell us the tournament is off to a great start. They sold more advance tickets this year than they did last year.

The tournament continues through Saturday.

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