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NCAA Tournament turns spotlight on Toledo

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The NCAA Tournament has turned the national spotlight on Toledo.

Before the women's basketball teams even hit the court, their fans were living up outside Savage Arena.

Thousands of fans of all ages descended on Toledo for to watch the best collegiate women players in action.

The University of Toledo Athletics Department tried for a long time to get the tournament and their determination paid off.

Heather Lutz from UT said, "This new, beautiful building that we did five years ago with locker rooms, the arena, the entry ways. Everything a team looks for. That's what got it. The seating."

With a seating capacity of 7,000 at Savage Arena, over 6,000 tickets were sold by Saturday morning.

Joe Scheibelhut came from Vermillion, Ohio. "It was close for us, perfect timing. As soon as the brackets came out, I went out and bought tickets."

All these visitors mean revenue for local businesses. Mulvaney's Bunker and Irish Pub hosted a Notre Dame Alumni Party. The bar expects to double its normal revenue for the day.

General Manager Matt Killam said, "We're obviously excited to have the national tournament on television. To have something in our back yard is even more exciting."

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