Tulsa, downtown businesses see increase in revenue during Conference-USA's four-day tournament

TULSA  - Conference-USA selected Tulsa's BOK Center to host its men's and women's semifinals and championship games March 13-16, while the women's first round and quarterfinal games were held at the Tulsa Convention, Wednesday and Thursday.

The tournament brought 23 teams to downtown Tulsa, and with them, fans who are eating at restaurants and staying at hotels in the area. City officials said that means revenue for local business owners and Tulsa.

Brady District restaurant Hey Mambo does not have exact figures, but owners believe they have seen about a 35 percent increase while the tournament has been in town.

According to Alex Alston, executive director of the Tulsa Sports Commission, the C-USA tournaments will add nearly $3 million to the downtown area in just four days.

"The whole community has to get involved when we do an event like this, and everything I can tell so far, the community has been fabulous," Alston said. "Everything we have heard from the visitors and Conference-USA has been top notch."

The city hopes to know exact attendance numbers and how many hotel rooms were booked over the four-day event by Monday.

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