Final Four sets up ATL for more events, mayor says
ATLANTA (AP) — Mayor
Kasim Reed praised the city of Atlanta for hosting men's basketball
championships for all three divisions of the NCAA.
The mayor said
Tuesday that a preliminary review shows about 100,000 visitors visited
Atlanta for the Final Four and title games for Divisions II and III. The
basketball weekend ended Monday night with Louisville beating Michigan
for the Division I title.
Reed says he expects an economic impact
of about $70 million. That's the same estimate his office released
before the Final Four. The mayor says there were minimal public safety
issues, with about 60 arrests related to the events.
Reed says the
weekend should help the city with future bids for men's and women's
Final Four weekends, the NFL's Super Bowl and college football's new