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April 4, 2003

Albany - Business leaders expect the SIAC basketball tournament will bring more than $1,000,000 to Albany. Albany won the bid from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference last month. The tournament will likely bring thousands of people to Albany in March 2004.

The Chamber of Commerce expects the teams and their fans will spend big bucks for hotels, food, and recreation. "We did a study to see how much money the Women's tournament would bring to Albany," said Richard Bivins, Chamber of Commerce. "We found that amount to be around $800,000. So add to that the Men's tournament and you see a great economic impact."

Albany beat out Birmingham, Columbia, South Carolina, and Columbus for the tournament. The SIAC is made up of 11 colleges, including Albany State.

Posted at 4:30PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com