Tuesday, March 30, 2010

NCAA Women’s Final Four to boost S.A.

The upcoming NCAA Women’s Final Four is going to be a big boost the San Antonio economy, according to William Pack of the San Antonio Express-News.    The games will be played in the Alamodome in downtown San Antonio on Sunday, Apr. 4th and Tuesday, Apr. 6th.  It is estimated that the Final Four is going to generate $20.9 million in spending from about 28,000 visitors from outside the San Antonio area.

Sporting events such as the Final Fours have become big economic generators because of the large number of out-of-town fans they draw, and the amount those fans spend at local restaurants, auto rental outlets, hotels and tourist attractions.  In addition, this time there are two teams from the region, Baylor and Oklahoma, and more fans than originally estimated may decide to attend in person.  Seating in the Alamodome has been capped at 23,000 for the championship, but it could be expanded if demand warrants.

Compare the projected $20.9 million impact to previous San Antonio events:

  • 2009 Washingston State vs. Notre Game football game at the Alamodome - $15.6 million
  • 2008 Rock 'N' Roll Marathon - $20.9 million
  • 2008 Mens Final Four at the Alamodome - $47 million
  • 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl - $42.6 million
  • 2007 Big 12 Championship football game at the Alamodome - $30.5 million
  • 2002 Women's Final Four at the Alamodome - $17.1 million to $20.3 million
On a personal note, as a graduate of Baylor University, Go Lady Bears!

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