BUFFALO -- Word traveled fast that the 2014 NCAA division one men's basketball second and third round will return to the First Niagara Center.
Fans this weekend were already searching for tickets at the box office.We're told they're going a bit more high tech this year.
This will be the sixth time that the tournament has been held in buffalo.
A total of 53 cities put in bids to host the championships. 25 cities were awarded sites.
"We hope to have it sold out, so 18,000 people for every game," Bill Maher Athletic Director of Canisius College said. "That's going to be a great event for us if we do achieve that sell out."
Its estimated that the economic impact for hosting the second and third rounds -- comes in at a little over $6 million dollars. That includes the teams, the fans and media attending.
"There's 8 institutions and there fan base - spending money in our hotels restaurants and community," Maher said.
Buffalo's history with the tournament, airline services available, and amount of hotel space were all considered before sealing the deal. 9 host hotels have to be available.
It's been three years since the last game tip off and hopes are new development hotels and the restaurant scene will make fans want to come back.
For now - it's a race to get those tickets.