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SBD/April 16, 2014/Colleges
Aresco Bullish On AAC's Future In Post-BCS Era Despite Less Guaranteed TV, Bowl Money
Published April 16, 2014
LOOOKING FOR SOMETHING PERMANENT: Central Florida Sports Commission President & CEO John Bisignano said that Orlando "needs to sell slightly less than 10,000 tickets per day to turn a profit" when the city hosts the AAC men's basketball tournament in '16 and '17. In Orlando, Paul Tenorio notes a large "chunk of those tickets are pre-purchased by the conference's athletic programs." City officials also said that they are "anticipating the tournament will lead to 6,000 hotel room reservations" and about $5.6M in economic impact. Aresco said that the "strong bid from the city prompted the league to agree" to the two-year deal. Aresco said, "We think it's a great place to be, it's a great destination for our fans. I think in March, people will come, obviously UCF is building its program, you have a beautiful state-of-the-art arena. ... If it goes really well, maybe our fans will want to stay here and make it a permanent home" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 4/16).