First Niagara Center to host 2017 NCAA Tournament, Queen City will reap benefits

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Next year Western New Yorkers won’t have to travel far to watch the NCAA Tournament. Men’s Division I Basketball first and second rounds will be hosted here in the Queen City at the First Niagara Center.

“I think it just shows that Buffalo is such a sports town and so proud and there’s such a sense of civic pride in Buffalo,” said Ryan Coates of Buffalo.

“I think it was great for UB this year nobody really expected them to get where they were but it’s awesome hopefully they can do it again next year and get a little bit of the home team spirit,” said Jesse Nichter of Buffalo.

March 2017 will be the sixth time Buffalo has hosted the NCAA Tournament in men’s basketball since 2000. The last time the games were hosted here was in 2014.

“We’ve got more than enough hotels for the 8 teams, the NCA is in the contracting process for team hotels as well as the headquarters hotel and media. We’ll also have more than enough hotel rooms for fans coming into the area,” said Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission Director of Sport Development Pete Harvey.

Fans will be spending money in our community. Leaders think the tournament will pump about $8 million into our local economy.

“We have volunteers out in the street during the games between sessions making sure they know where to get something to eat, see all the new things that are happening, see the real renaissance that’s happened in Buffalo since they were here in 2014,” said Harvey.

Pre-sale tickets are already available to season ticket holders, who can order a maximum of 8 per person.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public in mid October. Once they are available, they can be ordered at provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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