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ST. LOUIS EXPECTS WINDFALL FROM REGIONAL, EYES FINAL FOUR
Published March 19, 1998
The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Center estimates that this weekend's NCAA Men's Midwest Regional Tournament should generate about $2.5M in fan spending, according to Dan Hieb of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. Between 10,000 and 11,000 visitors are expected for the tournament, meaning each out-of-town fan will spend $227-$250 on hotel rooms, dinners and travel once in St. Louis (POST-DISPATCH, 3/19). HOPES FOR A FINAL FOUR: St. Louis is one of five cities in the running to hold the Final Four in either 2003, 2004 or 2005, and the "success of the regional will help" the NCAA make its decision. Other cities being considered are Atlanta, Indianapolis, New Orleans and San Antonio. A nine- member NCAA selection committee will pick the Final Four sites in June, and three of those nine are in St. Louis this week (Christopher Carey, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 3/19).