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Tuesday, November 13 2012, 07:47 AM EST
NCAA: First Four in Dayton Through 2015
DAYTON -- We'll be seeing more college hoops here in the Gem City, the whole country will. The NCAA announced Monday morning that the "First Four" is here to stay, at least through 2015.

"Love Dayton basketball, love Dayton basketball," said Pat Flanagan, a fan of college hoops. He loves having the First Four in the neighborhood, and it's good for his pub business.

"We're excited, obviously, to have them coming back. But it's two extra days of business in the year and we're always full for the basketball games. You know the University does such a great job hosting the tournaments. It's just a nice feather in Dayton's cap to get it back again," said Flanagan.

The official First Four announcement came Monday morning. City, county and University of Dayton leaders gathered for a news conference.

"A lot of hard work's gone into this. The community cares, they're committed," said Jeff Hoagland, with the Downtown Development Coalition.

The NCAA's big criteria is selling tickets, so community leaders got to work and sold out the 2013 tournament. That sealed the deal for 2014 and 2015.

Beyond that, "This community wants the games on a permanent level. Not only for the tournament but for this community. This is great news," said J.P. Nauseef, the first Four Local Organizing Committee.

The tournament is estimated to bring in about $4.5 million, and it impacts the entire area from restaurants and hotels in Huber Heights to the Dayton Mall.

"Brings a lot of business to entertainment, restaurants, retail. It's a tremendous economic impact for our community," said Jacquie Powell with the Dayton Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"I think it's great. The president was here. It will give more business to this area. It's good for Dayton," said Dann'e Kirksey, who lives in Dayton.

"It's pretty good, especially for businesses," said Emilie Ferdelman of Kettering. "I work at a cupcake shop and just events always bring in people to the area, and it's great."

There are still sponsor packages available for the 2013 First Four. To see how you can score tickets, click here.NCAA: First Four in Dayton Through 2015

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