If you were a basketball fan then you would definitely think that March Madness is referring to the highly anticipated college basketball team match-ups, which took place on March 14th. As a consequence of this, the opening round began on March 16th in Dayton, Ohio. And, the first and second rounds of competition began on March 18th going through the 21st.
Each of these in itself is a huge event, where the cities of New Orleans, Louisiana; Providence, Rhode Island; San Jose, California and Spokane, Washington will see action on the 18th and 20th. That should be a reasonable boost in tourism for those areas. Then on the 19th and 21st of March, basketball fans will be treated in Buffalo, New York; Jacksonville, Florida; Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I say it’s great to spread the cheer and help out the local economy.
Not to be outdone though, there are the regional tournaments taking place on Thursday, March 25th and Saturday, March 27th in Syracuse, New York and Salt Lake City, Utah, followed by St. Louis, Missouri and Houston, Texas on the 26th and 28th of March.
Then it is onto the Final Four, taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 3rd and 5th. No doubt basketball fans everywhere are elated. They are not the only ones though, for whenever a key sporting event takes place the local economy, specifically the hospitality industry (restaurants, hotels and local attractions) is the beneficiary of added visitors and the revenue they leave behind. It is in essence a win-win situation. For more information about March Madness, the basketball brackets and teams playing, log onto http://www.chiff.com/recreation/sports/ncaa-brackets.htm.
Basketball isn’t the only thing to be hooting and hollering about in the month of March though. The first day of spring seems to be a beacon of light for many as they shake off last years’ dirt from rakes, hoes and spades. The local hardware and garden centers have stocked up in anticipation of booming sales, and everyone wants to be a gardener.
March is an everyone and everything wake up month. This spring in particular will probably be more welcomed than many in the past, what with the large number of weather disasters such as long stretches of frigid temperatures, record-breaking snow storms, earthquakes, floods and the like plaguing cities, states and countries throughout the world. A little warmth, a little green and a burst of spring colors, plus your favorite basketball team coming out on top is what we are all hoping for.
“A little madness in the spring Is wholesome even for the King.” — Emily Dickinson