DENVER (CBS4)– The Pepsi Center is ready to host the best women’s college basketball teams in the nation. Denver is hosting the NCAA Women’s Final Four this weekend.
The semi-finals are Sunday. Notre Dame and U-Conn hit the court at 4:30 p.m. Then Baylor and Stanford meet at 7 p.m. The winners play for the championship Tuesday.
Downtown Denver is buzzing with anticipation as all four teams are staying in hotels just a few blocks apart from each other. It’s all great news for shops and restaurants located in between.
All the excitement and buzz is expected to turn into a big boost for Denver’s economy. And not just for sports fans.
“We’re expecting over 30,000 people to visit Denver. That’s a $20 million impact to our city,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
Denver’s mayor is thinking beyond this weekend and what’s next for the Mile High City.
“As we look at things like hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics, these are examples of what we can do,” said Hancock.
“It also says that the NCAA believes that there is enough tourism resources in this city to make fans want to travel and attend the event,” businessofcollegesports.com spokeswoman Alicia Jessop.
“There are people who eat, breathe and sleep college athletics, even for women’s basketball.”