ORLANDO, Fla. - It's the kind of event local officials promised when the Amway Center was built. Orlando will host the second and third rounds of the 2014 NCAA Men's Division 1 Basketball Tournament.
"When we built the Amway Center it was specifically so we could host events of this sort," Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said.
This will be the fifth time Orlando has hosted the games. The last time was 2004.
"It is unlikely that we would be hosting the NCAA tournament if we had not constructed the Amway Center," Dyer continued. "We did it specifically so that we would never be left out again."
John Bisignano, President and CEO of the Central Florida Sports Commission agrees, he says competition to host the event is fierce.
"53 cities bid on this very same event, only eight were awarded the event," Bisignano said.
The games are expected to bring in $10 million in economic impact.
Fans hoping to get tickets are encouraged to enter their names on a pre-order waiting list. The information is available by going to centralfloridasports.org.
The Central Florida Sports Commission is also looking for volunteers to help on their organizing committee. Positions include marketing, sales and game day operations.
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