March Madness in the 716

Frankie Weiss, Staff reporter

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With the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship tonight, a look back at the tournament weekend in the city of Buffalo is in order.  Buffalo was home to the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  The people of Buffalo only get to see this tournament once in a blue moon, which makes experiencing the games all that much better.  Junior Ryan Jobson said, “It’s always great to see high profile sporting events in Buffalo,” and I think most Buffalonians would agree with that.  With the city of Buffalo not having its own professional basketball team, this is an opportunity for a lot of people to see high-intensity and high-profile basketball.  Although many citizens of Buffalo were excited to see such good basketball, some were puzzled and frustrated at the parking fees for the games.  These fees were nearly double, and some triple, the usual price to park for an event at Key Bank Center.  However, spectators seemed to forget all about this when they got to finally see some basketball.

On Thursday March 16, there were four games which featured Notre Dame, Princeton, West Virginia, Bucknell, Villanova, Mount St. Mary’s, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.  Many Buffalonians were delighted when they saw that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish would be in Buffalo for the weekend of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  With a lot of Buffalo’s population being Irish, the Notre Dame game was one of the more popular ones.  Notre Dame, West Virginia, Villanova, and Wisconsin ended up exiting the first round victorious.  

The tournament coming to Buffalo is always a big deal because this city hasn’t always gotten proper recognition.  If you talk to adults that have lived here their whole lives they will tell you long of a way the city has come.  Recently a lot of important people have put money into the city to create such a great area down near the arena and Canalside.  Freshman Aiden Jones, who is a big basketball fan, said, “I had a ton of fun at the games, and it was great for the city of Buffalo.”  This was a lot of people’s perception of the tournament being held in Buffalo; it was great for Buffalo.  

All in all, this past weekend was a major success.  People got to see some great basketball, and at the same time got a whole lot of people to come to the city and experience what Buffalo is all about.  I think it’s safe to say that everyone hopes the tournament comes back sometime soon, and the city continues to grow in a positive way.

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