• NCAA tournament games means economic boost for Orlando

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    ORLANDO, Fla. - Basketball fever is here with March Madness.

    The NCAA tournament begins Tuesday and Orlando is expected to profit from those games when the second and third rounds of the division tournament are played at the Amway Center.

    The president of the Central Florida Sports Commission, John Bisignano, said the game will easily bring 10,000 new visitors to Orlando.

    The games will be held Thursday, March 20 and Saturday March 22.

    It could mean big business not just for surrounding restaurants, but hotels as well.

    “Hoping the University of Florida comes in. You have the Dukes.  And then you have Texas and Oklahoma State coming. They’re all schools that have a history of traveling well,” said Bisignano.

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