BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Downtown Buffalo will be buzzing with college basketball fans onFriday.
Plenty of fans made the trip a day early on Thursday to catchthe open practice at HSBC Arena, featuring the Syracuse Orange andseven other top schools.
Jim Unger remarked, "We were going to come tomorrow, but decidedto come this morning and watch the practices and stay for the wholeweekend."
The arena will be a lot more crowded, and so will downtownBuffalo.
With only 150 spots available, city officials strongly recommendusing public transportation.
The NFTA is offering a $4.00 pass for all of Friday's events, aswell as trolleys from the arena to local restaurants.
They're hoping the big games mean a big boost for business.
"We're offering a discount of 10% for food and beverages.Hopefully downtown will get a good economic push out of this,"explained Sam Gikas from King's Court restaurant.
This weekend's games are expected to bring 18,000 visitors and$5 million to Buffalo.
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