St. Louis region gets economic boost from MVC and SEC basketball tournaments

ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Valley Conference last weekend and the South Eastern Conference starting tonight.

That`s 11 days of basketball coming to town along with a number of fans and it`s definitely an economic impact on St. Louis.

If you drive down Washington Avenue you`ll see a giant SEC tournament flag waving over the street, welcoming the 14 teams who are in town this week.

For the next five days, the SEC Men`s Basketball Tournament will bring a number of people to town.

It`s estimated that fans attending the tournament games or just coming to St. Louis will bring about $20-million dollars into the community.

Tonight #12 Georgia is versus #13 Vanderbilt at 6 pm.

That winner gets Missouri Thursday afternoon.

Then tonight probably around 8:30 #11 South Carolina versus #14 Ole Miss.

With the MVC last weekend and this SEC tourney this weekend, that`s 22 post-season college basketball games over an 11 day span.

And that`s a reason to cheer.

“The MVC tournament was on CBS on national TV and this one as well that`s going to get national coverage all week,” says Anthony Paraino, Director of Communications Explore St. Louis.   “National media are in town.  It`s a big deal and we`re excited to have all these fans in town enjoying our restaurants and staying in our hotels and going to our different attractions.  It`s big business for St. Louis and we`re just glad to have everybody in town.”

Tickets can be purchased at the Scottrade Center box office or online.

Single session tickets for today, Wednesday`s games just $15.

That championship on Sunday at noon.