If you love basketball, you probably love March and April. The months are full of exciting post-season college basketball games. This year, some of those games took place at the Amalie Arena. It was the home to the NCAA Women’s Final Four Tournament, and it did not disappoint. In fact, it broke a women’s tournament attendance record and helped the Tampa economy.
According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Tampa hosted the tournament in 2008 and in 2015. In 2015, the tournament boosted the economy by bringing 21,000 booked hotel rooms to the city. Room rates rose and thousands of tourist spent their money in the city. Additionally, the celebratory events before the tournament brought in revenue.
The attendance in 2019 may have been even better for the economy. On one night, there was a sold out crowd of 20,127. If you combine the attendance for all three tournaments, Tampa has welcomed more Women’s Final Four fans than any other community. For whatever reason, Tampa has a history of success with Final Four tournaments.
This year’s tournament featured games played by Oregon, Baylor, Notre Dame, an UConn. People traveled from all over the country to watch the teams fight for the title of National Champion. Baylor won the tournament in a nail-biting 82-81 win over Notre Dame.
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