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Final Four Sets Up ATL For More Events, Mayor Says

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(By: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

(By: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

ATLANTA (AP) — Mayor Kasim Reed praised the city of Atlanta for hosting men’s basketball championships for all three divisions of the NCAA.

The mayor said Tuesday that a preliminary review shows about 100,000 visitors visited Atlanta for the Final Four and title games for Divisions II and III. The basketball weekend ended Monday night with Louisville beating Michigan for the Division I title.

Reed says he expects an economic impact of about $70 million. That’s the same estimate his office released before the Final Four. The mayor says there were minimal public safety issues, with about 60 arrests related to the events.

Reed says the weekend should help the city with future bids for men’s and women’s Final Four weekends, the NFL’s Super Bowl and college football’s new championship game.

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