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Lady Vols, Nashville share Final Four dream
By Tom Wood, Correspondent
Isabelle Harrison hopes The Road to Nashville – site of next month’s NCAA Women’s Final Four – is paved with gold for her and her University of Tennessee basketball team.
For Harrison, a Hillsboro High graduate, Nashville native and UT junior, it would be a sweet homecoming.
For Music City, it should be a golden moment in terms of national prestige and a financial windfall for the city and its businesses.
The three-day tournament, which has been six years in the planning, is expected to bring some 30,000 visitors to Nashville and $20 million in direct spending, NCAA officials say. Gary Alexander, executive director of the Nashville Local Organizing Committee, says the final dollar total could be much higher.
“The NCAA always says the Final Four brings between $20 million and $25 million dollars to a [host] city in direct spending,” Alexander explains. “The local organizing committee thinks that because of Nashville’s central location and other factors, that the final numbers will be closer to $25 million and $30 million.”
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