FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Area businesses are expecting large crowds as Fort Wayne hosts the NCAA Division III Final Four this weekend.
"This is huge for our community as a whole," said Courtney Pippin, Holiday Inn sales manager.
- All session tickets: $26 for adults; $16 for students/seniors/military
- Single session tickets: $15.50 for adults; $10.50 for students/seniors/military
The Holiday Inn on Coliseum Boulevard is booked for the weekend.
Pippin said they've been planning for this weekend since last year.
"Staff everywhere, like I said, shuttles just really tailoring to their needs," she said.
The NCAA staff and committee members are staying at the Holiday Inn but the teams are still represented even though they are staying at different hotels.
"We put together some dinner and lounge specials for them that are targeted and geared toward the NCAA of course," said Pippin.
Despite several other sporting events across the street at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum throughout the year, Pippen said hosting the D3 Final Four is different.
"Having the NCAA is huge for us. It opens us up to a whole new plethora of organizations," said Pippen.
Down Coliseum Boulevard at Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, they aren't making too many changes for the weekend. They are used to seeing large crowds from the Coliseum.
"Because we have the Coliseum, because there are several universities in Indiana, it seems like every other weekend there some type of event," said Geoffrey Tadda, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen managing partner.
Tickets are still available for this weekend's games.
All session tickets: $26 for adults; $16 for students/seniors/military
Single session tickets: $15.50 for adults; $10.50 for students/seniors/military
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