MEAC championships bring big boost in tourism for Norfolk


AS A MAJOR SPORTS TOURNAMENT CONTINUES (KATIE/2/BAM1) IN DOWNTOWN NORFOLK, THE CITY IS BENEFITTING BIG TIME FROM TOURISM. (DON/2/BAM1) THE MERMAID CITY IS HOSTING THE MID- EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE BASKETBALL GAMES OR MEAC (MEE-ACK) FOR THE FIFTH YEAR. (DON) 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S RICO BUSH IS LIVE IN FRONT OF SCOPE IN DOWNTOWN NORFOLK WHERE ALL THE ACTION IS TAKING PLACE THIS EVENING. AND RICO, ALL THE GAMES MEAN MONEY FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES. YEP – THAT’S RIGHT DON, KATIE. VISITORS ARE DROPPING THE CASH AROUND TOWN. THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT THIS IS A BIG WEEK FOR BUSINESSES. 13 HISTORICALLY BLACK UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES WILL PLAY 23 GAMES IN THE MEAC TOURNAMENT. THE CITY ESTIMATES THE GAMES WOULD BRING IN MORE THAN FOUR MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE ECONOMY. THAT INCLUDES THOUSANDS PACKING HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS. AND THAT’S GOOD FOR NEARBY BUSINESSES LIKE, A-J GATORS WHO ARE FILLING THE VISITORS’ APPETITES. KENYETTA WHITE/SERVER A LOT OF FAMILIES COME INTO TOWN. THEY COME IN TO EAT, ENJOY OUR APPETIERS, AND DRINKS.” “A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE EATING OUR WINGS, OUR BURGERS, WE HAVE DRINK SPECIALS.” NORFOLK STATE WON THEIR FIRST GAME LAST NIGHT IN OVERTIME TO ADVANCE TO FRIDAY’S SEMIFINALS. HAMPTON UNIVERSITY WILL PLAY TONIGHT AT EIGHT. THE MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY. WILL THIS TOURNAMENT STAY IN NORFOLK? THAT ANSWER IN 30 MINUTES. LIVE IN NORFOLK, RICO BUSH, 10 ON YOUR SIDE.

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