Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament begins Wednesday in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 2, 2016) - More than 30,000 visitors are expected in Indianapolis this weekend for the Big Ten Women's Basketball  Tournament.  The tournament kicks off a busy few weeks of basketball action at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

"It’s 54 games in 43 days at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse between now and the women’s final four April 3 to 5," said Jane Jankowski, Vice President Communications and Marketing for the Indiana Sports Corp.

The Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament is slated for the following week. Jankowski said the overall economic impact is estimated at $18 million for the  back-to-back tournaments.

"You can expect to see downtown filled with fans from as far away as you know, Nebraska and Rutgers to locally Indiana and Purdue," she said. "

Preparations were well underway Tuesday inside the Bankers Life. Crews put up Big Ten team gear to welcome fans. And, it's not just about the action on the court. The tournaments come with several events to liven the downtown scene.  Special activities include a basketball clinic for girls, a career expo, and even a Big Ten 5K.

"This is a very significant time for Indianapolis in terms of the number of people seeing our spectacular downtown, and Indianapolis of course is known for hosting great and large sporting events like this," Jankowski said. "We’re made to host these kinds of events."

The college sports action culminates with the NCAA Women's Final Four in town once again. This year marks the first time all three divisional titles will be decided in the same city and at the same venue.

For tickets information to this weekend's tournament, click here.

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