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NCAA HOCKEY TOURNEY COULD BE A BEANPOT OF GOLD FOR BOSTON
Published April 2, 1998
The NCAA Div. I Men's Hockey Championship begins its Final Four weekend today at the FleetCenter in Boston, marking the first major college championship in Boston since '74, according to Gregg Krupa of the BOSTON GLOBE. The Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) says the event "will generate" $11.6-$13.4M for the local economy. FleetCenter President & CEO Richard Krezwick: "It's been our goal from the start to attract a premier event of national magnitude every year. This is really the first event that tests that ability." About 11,000 people from outside MA and 9,500 from outside New England will attend the event, with one-third of the visitors staying for three or more days. Since hockey is so expensive to play, its demographics "have always been high end." The GBCVB says that more than 25% of fans attending the NCAA games earn more than $85,000 per year (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/2).