NCAA Tournament Gives Stevens Point an Economic Boost

By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
By: Elizabeth Schilder Email

The Pointers may be out, but the NCAA tourney continues Saturday in Stevens Point. Even though Friday's loss to the Emory Eagles may have disappointed fans, there is a bright side.

Hosting the sectional games is good news for the Stevens Point economy. Mayor Andrew Halverson says the city is already feeling the financial impact of visiting teams, fans and NCAA officials. What excites him more, however, is how hosting the games highlights the national powerhouse UWSP is for division three athletics.

"The prowess that this allows us to project on a national stage is really impressive," Mayor Halverson explains. "It allows the community to put it's best foot forward. It allows the university to do the same thing and it has filled and will be filling thousands of hotel rooms and seats in our local restaurants."

The economic boost provided by the tourney is expected to continue well into next weekend as UWSP hosts the Women's NCAA Division Three Final Four Championship.

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