FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne is rolling out the blue carpet for the NCAA this weekend.
Christopher Newport University, Swarthmore College, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Wheaton College arrived in Fort Wayne Wednesday.
The are hoping to take home the NCAA Division III championship trophy.
This is Fort Wayne's first hosting the final four.
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum General Manager Randy Brown said it took a lot of work to bring them here.
He said planning took about two years and included going to last year's championship in Salem, North Carolina.
"Took notes in terms of what worked and how we can improve with how Fort Wayne and Hoosier Hospitality does things," said Brown.
That hospitality will be shown again in the years to come because the D-3 championships are coming back for another three years.
"We've got a great sports history in this market, from the Komets, we've hosted other NCAA events," said Brown.
With all four schools from out of state, more people will be spending money around town this weekend.
Allen County commissioner Nelson Peters said this adds to the region's momentum.
"This just sort of is the pentacle of where we've gotten to at this particular point," said Peters.
If you want to check the tournament out for yourself you can, there are still plenty of tickets available.
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