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The games may not begin until Thursday night, but the spending among the thousands of fans making their way to Cleveland for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Regionals has already begun.

Part of the estimated economic impact of $5 to $10 million.

“With three out of the four teams being drive-in markets really helps escalate that number,” said Meredith Scerba of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

Kentucky, West Virginia, Notre Dame and Wichita State make up the Sweet 16 that will be playing in Cleveland on Thursday.

“There’s going to be a lot of people that are going to come into town just to be a part of the atmosphere, the excitement. It’s March Madness, everyone wants to be a part of it,” Scerba said.

This is the first time Cleveland has played host to the regionals and it is the highest round the city can host in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament because of the size of the arena.

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