NCAA Baseball Tournament boosts economy in Morgantown

Monongalia and Preston

MORGANTOWN W.Va – WVU hosted the NCAA Baseball Regional this weekend, which is the first time since 1955. 

Within fifteen minutes, tickets were sold out for the tournament being hosted at the Monongalia County Ballpark. 

Friday and Saturday brought more than four thousand fans to the park, while Sunday brought a little over three thousand. 

Assistant Manager of the local Buffalo Wild Wings that is located right  across the road from the park, says business has been booming. 

“We’ve looked forward to it all season, we’ve all been, you know, watching WVU Baseball as the momentum has been rolling this year. We got really excited the past week, knowing that we could have the opportunity to host the NCAA regional tournament. We were expecting a lot of people. We got a lot more than we expected. But the staff was ready, the kitchen was ready, we had a great time, and enjoyed not just WVU Baseball, but the whole tournament itself,” said Matthew Byrd, Assistant General Manager of Buffalo Wild Wings.  

The ballpark seats 3500 people and more than 500 standing room tickets were available. Individuals that didn’t make it into the stadium lined the hill near the WVU Medicine building. 

This made for many people dining out and using local lodging in the city.

“I’d say, you know, it probably almost doubled our Fridays, and Saturday, you know, probably did just as much as we did on Friday. It’s been a really good week for us,” said Byrd. 

Management of hotels near the ballpark also say they have had a large increase in guests staying during this time. 

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