Houston Gets A for Final Four

A week ago today the University of Connecticut beat Butler to win the NCAA Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium. Organizers have now had a week to reflect and study how things went. As Bill Stamps reports — they are more than pleased.


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When the city of Dallas hosted this year’s Superbowl, there was a lot of talk afterwards about all the things that went wrong.

After just hosting the NCAA Final Four last week, most of the talk surrounding Houston is about all the things that went right. Greg Ortale who runs the Convention and Visitors Bureau give the city high marks.

“I think that I would have to give the city of Houston an A, if not better. It was a very, there was just so much to do and people were doing it and they were engaged and they were enjoying it. It was greater than just the games themselves and I think the prediction that it would rival the Superbowl in 2004 came true.”

The goal for Houston was to put on a good show for the rest of the country while also making as much money as possible from all those basketball fans coming to town. Ortale believes the city did a good job at both. The only question is would they have done even better if Kentucky had made it into the final game and even more fans had flown to Houston. Ortale says just about the only problem he saw was the wait time for taxis.

“Because what was happening was we were running out of cabs in cue and so we had to go and get some more to come in. But in perspective, that’s pretty small.”

They’ll have a few years to get that straightened out as the NCAA already plans to bring the Sweet Sixteen back to Houston in 2015 and the Final Four will come back in 2016.

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