The City of Tulsa wants to turn Tulsa into a tournament town by using the success from the Conference USA basketball championships.
“It’s not just college hoops and coming downtown for great basketball; it’s also a great shot at showing the world that we can support bigger events down the road,” said Jesse Boudiette, the board chair for the Tulsa Sports Commission.
The city expects more than 20,000 people to attend the games over the four-day tournament for both men and women’s college basketball. It starts on Wednesday and lasts through Saturday.
It includes The University of Tulsa’s team, the Golden Hurricane. The city also expects to see an economic impact of about $3 million and as additional 54 jobs added in either, restaurant work, hotel or retail.
“An event like this isn’t just about ticket sales, it’s restaurants, it’s hotel room nights,” said Boudiette.
Businesses such as, restaurant Joe Mamma’s, are ready for the 20,000 plus fans to come in for dinner.
The owner will have every employee working those four days. They are hoping for the same financial results from the NCAA March Madness tournament two years ago.
“That was a crazy time!” said shift lead Brandt Ohnheiser. “It was so great to be busy and to see Tulsa host so many people from all over the country.”
Both restaurants and the city want those big crowds to show the NCAA Tulsa is its tournament town.