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OVC Tournament Tip Leading to Booming Business

The OVC men’s and women’s basketball tournament tipped off on Wednsday. Though there were only a few winners on the court inside of the Ford center, all the restaurants and businesses around the arena definitely considered Wednesday a win.

Posted: Mar 3, 2021 4:55 PM

The OVC men’s and women’s basketball tournament tipped off on Wednsday.

Though there were only a few winners on the court inside of the Ford center, all the restaurants and businesses around the arena definitely considered Wednesday a win.

Currently 1400 fans can attend the games, but that number might be bumped up to 2500 before its over, and before the first game even tipped, local businesses in the downtown area has already noticed a boom to their business.

“The last couple of days we’ve had people coming in from out of town for the basketball tournament," said David Tang, GM of Comfort by the cross-eyed cricket. "We even had several teams call us up and want to do lunch or dinner here. We had one call us up, and if they win the tournament, they want to celebrate here at our private room.”

The Evansville Visitors Bureau says the city has already seen an increase in occupancy due to the tournament, and those traveling in from out of town are excited to watch some great games and grab some grub.

“We're very excited," said Dre Carothers. "With the covid and coronavirus going on, and the capacity limitations, we haven’t been able to watch much basketball, so we’re very excited. We’re definitely going to eat. We’re definitely going to eat and see what Evansville has to offer, since I know these business have been suffering also.”

But restaurants aren’t the only business seeing an increase. The double Tree by Hilton has reported an increase in occupancy this week as well, and as we get closer to summer, the downtown businesses grow more and more excited

“I’m really excited about how things are progressing, especially in our community either the covid, and I think we’re handling it probably better than most communities," said Brian Ferguson, interior designer at Y-Factor Studio. "I think the weather is going to play a big part in that, because the days that it’s very warm, you see a lot of people out, and they’re really curious about what Y-Factor Studio is.”

Downtown businesses are looking forward to more events being hosted at the Ford center like the D-2 men’s basketball quarterfinals that is being hosted at the Ford Center next Saturday.

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