Greater Lafayette leaders are excited about March Madness tournament

Lafayette and West Lafayette's mayors are excited for the tournament making a stop in town.

Posted: Mar 9, 2021 9:22 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- March Madness is coming to the Greater Lafayette area.

Lafayette and West Lafayette's mayors are excited for the tournament making a stop in town.

"Having the NCAA Championship here in our city is nothing short of phenomenal" West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis told News 18.

Along with the excitement of live sports in the area comes a boost in foot traffic for local businesses.

"You have to believe it's going to be some kind of impact." Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski explained. "Anything right now certainly is warranted."

A positive economic impact isn't the only plus side of the tournament coming to town.

Both mayors say it will also serve as a bright point for many people.

Mayor Dennis explained his outlook to News 18. "I just want it to be a positive event. When it's over I want people to go back to their homes wherever they are in the country or the world and say man that was a pretty cool event. With all the restrictions that we had to do, that was a cool event."

An influx of people in the area also is a cause of concern for some residents. Both leaders say they're focused on keeping the pandemic in mind.

If a worst-case scenario event were to happen, Roswarski and Dennis say they're ready to deal with it.

"We'll take the data that we receive. We'll plug it into the systems we have in place as it pertains to the hospitals and local restrictions and make the necessary call" Mayor Roswarski told News 18.

News 18 will carry special March Madness coverage Monday, March 15 on WLFI.

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