The NCAA tournament has brought in fans from Syracuse, Ohio, Michigan, Philadelphia, and some from even as far as Milwaukee and Connecticut.
It is estimated that the city will bring in about 5 million dollars from this weekend’s tourism. On Thursday, visit Buffalo Niagara had tourist helpers available with information for the off day before games resumed Saturday.
One of the most requested places was where to get chicken wings and we found plenty of people taking in Buffalo’s staple.
“Buffalo itself has been very good to us, we have had a lot of fun so far. We are staying at the Hampton, we walked the area. Everyone is very welcoming, we went to some local establishments there, you can tell buffalo is making a concerted effort to make our stay pleasant.” said Greg Deerhake from Cleveland.
Everyone we talked to said that they have had a welcome reception from Buffalonians following in line with the city of good neighbors name.
“Everywhere we go, it seems like the tournament has brought big business and everyone has been very welcoming to the out-of-towners.” said Joe horning from Milwaukee.
The weather was a little rough yesterday with the wind, cold, and snow but that hasn’t seemed to deter anyone.
“Cold, but we live in Syracuse so we are used to it. If the wind wasn’t here it wouldn’t be too bad. It’s nice, we like coming here.” said David Bartlett from Syracuse.