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Round 2 March Madness games start on Thursday, which is expected to bring in more than two million dollars into the city of Spokane. Round 2 March Madness games start on Thursday, which is expected to bring in more than two million dollars into the city of Spokane.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Round 2 of March Madness games start on Thursday, which is expected to bring in more than $2 million dollars into the city of Spokane. But it's not just the basketball games that bring in the big bucks, many other events this year have made March 2014 the most profitable March ever. State B brought in $1 million dollars. PNQ was the biggest event money-wise and is expected to inject $6 million dollars to the Spokane economy. In total, the people that come to Spokane to watch sports in March will spend about 10 million dollars.

And it seems the city of Spokane is repaying those visitors by cheering on their teams. Spokane was the first city to sell out of the Round 2 and 3 March Madness games.

"I think we get into more than other places. We don't have Justin Timberlake playing ever other night, or an NBA team. We have a tightly knit, sports-crazy community," Matt Gibson said. He is the General Manager at the Spokane Arena. But it's not just the Arena that are bringing in the money, area hotels are sold out as well.

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