NCAA tournament comes to D.C., much to the delight of local businesses
The big television trucks from around the country have moved into D.C. and the area is preparing for the nationwide attention the NCAA tournament brings.
"We can't wait to have all these people coming in town and having so much fun with us," said local restaurant manager Fabrice Reymond.
Businesses in the area like the Redline Sports Bar couldn't be happier. In fact, the arena has opened its doors for free this week to fans, to watch teams practice.
"I've come to see them practice. My kids are in there already and we hope to get autographs and see the team it's really great,” said basketball fan Todd Baldwin.
This is a homecoming of sorts for Miami head coach Jim Larranaga. It was 7 years ago at the Verizon Center when the beloved local coach took George Mason to the Final Four, putting the small school from Fairfax on the map.
"He was excellent here at George Mason, they should have paid him more money and kept him here," said Arlington resident Kristina Wilson.
Many locals are rooting for the coach, but are wishing he was once again leading the Patriots.
"Mixed feelings," Springfield resident Andrew Hammel said. "I like Coach L but I hate the whole school of Miami."
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