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Women's Final Four Events Raking in more than $20 million for Nashville-Mikayla Lewis

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The mayor's office says more than 30,000 are in town for the Women's Final Four, and estimates more than $20 million dollars in revenue.

There are many free events related to the NCAA in Nashville, though.

Hundreds of people stood in Saturday at Bridgestone arena for the meet and greet with the Final Four teams. Connecticut resident, Edward Amato stood in line for more than 6 hours to get his UConn autographs.

Edward Amato said, "Yes, anything for UConn is worth the wait."

The Lines family also did not mind waiting that long in line for the free event.

Ruth Lines said, " Meet a lot of people get some autographs, it's really great for the community and people like us who cant afford to buy extra tickets for other events after coming here."

The Women's Final Four and its Super Saturday is paying off for Nashville. Mayor Karl Dean's office estimates $20-25 million dollars will be brought in because of the tournament. Local hotels are also benefiting the Omni Hotel in Downtown Nashville. The Omni's 800 rooms are completely booked through Wednesday because the Women's NCAA Basketball Coaches Conference is also taking place there.

Downtown Nashville Omni General Manager, Dan Piotrowski says the tournament is,  "An opportunity to bring in guests from all over the United States, it's a big win  and hopefully that sets us up for the future as people learn what Nashville has to offer." 

Stanford, Maryland, UConn, and Notre Dame teams all had open practices, free to the public at Bridgestone Arena. Next door at the Music City Center is the NCAA's Tourney Town. Free games and activities are being held tomorrow there as well, with  the college pep rally and mascot challenge.

Paul Lindsley, Nashville Women's Final Four spokesman said, "The Women's Final Four is more than just three games.I think everybody will be very impressed with Nashville and its good southern hospitality. We've done a lot of great things."

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