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Elite Eight Puts Erie In National Spotlight

Erie is in the national spotlight as March Madness takes over Erie Insurance Arena.
Erie is in the national spotlight as March Madness takes over Erie Insurance Arena.

The Elite Eight womens division two games are bringing in visitors from across the country.

College teams came from across the country for the Elite Eight hosted by Gannon University including places as far away as California, .Texas and Florida.

Of course that long distance means travel time and expenses for fans and family who want to attend the game .possibly cutting back on the amount of people coming in for the games.

However it’s a fortunate situation for the Edinboro Lady Fighting Scots.

The Elite Eight games tipped off at noon Tuesday at Erie Insurance Arena.

A daytime game makes it tricky to fill the seats at the arena.

But the Limestone Saints and the West Texas A & M Lady Buffs had decent size cheering sections.

Kelsey Cermak, NCAA Championship Manager had this to say about putting fans in the stands “We try to get the community engagement students those who participated in that yesterday to come back to today's game and we get various groups who would be able to come here for the noon and two thirty games”.

The teams traveled hundreds of miles to get to Erie .except of course The Edinboro Lady Fighting Scots.

Local bars are expecting that hometown team to help bring in the business.

And :Tara Herbstritt of the Erie Arena Sports Bar confirmed that “WE have reservations of people coming in between the first two games and last two games and hopefully with a local team it will bring a lot of people in’.

Although all the seats at the arena weren't completely filled for the first day of games Casey Wells, Executive Director of the Erie County Convention Center says this tournament puts the arena in a good position for the future “the new facility positioned us well to secure this event. They knew and had renderings and plans of this facility and were a consideration when the bid was reviewed so reinvestment in this facility helped bring this event to Erie".

Visit Erie officials say the tournament visitors will likely bring in one point five million dollars to the local economy.




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