Dayton is getting a stimulus to its economy and it isn’t coming from any government. The NCAA March Madness Men’s Basketball Tournament took place in Flyer territory. The opening round, dubbed the “First Four,” kicked off the tournament.
The NCAA First Four coming to the Dayton area pays out to over $4 million in the local economy each year. It also puts Dayton in the national spotlight, which is great for prospective businesses to see how the city works. But putting on such an enormous event is no easy task.
Getting ready for the NCAA First Four requires an entire year’s worth of work. Volunteers pour thousands of hours into setting up and preparations, like finding sponsors. Sponsors invest millions of dollars in the games. Both are a major part of the success in Dayton.
Two events, deemed the Hoopla, were a major part of the pregame. First, the Hoopla Four Miler run took place, starting and ending at the UD River Campus. This year 300 people took part, doubling 2014’s number.
Second, The Hoopla STEM Challenge was held at Chaminade-Julienne High School. There, boys and girls in grades K-8 participated in the hot shot competition. STEM partners were on hand to teach the kids about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
March Madness runs from March 17th to April 1st, and we at Langs Chevrolet have our brackets filled out!