Providence feeling effects of March Madness


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence is feeling the positive effects of the NCAA tournament being played in the capital city.

Mayor Jorge Elorza said, “I’m just so happy that people are here visiting the city, and from all the feedback I’ve received they’re just falling in love with Providence.”

People from all over the country have been visiting Providence as the Dunkin Donuts Center hosts the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

While there were no games on Friday, people who are visiting to attend Saturday’s games have been spending their time and their money in Providence.

State Senator Josh Miller owns Trinity Brew House, just steps away from the Dunk. He said Thursday night was the busiest Trinity Brew House has ever been because of the combination of the basketball games and St. Patrick’s Day.

Miller also said the the suspension of the open container law, which lasts through Saturday night as gone smoothly.

Mayor Jorge Elorza said there were no incidents and no arrests.

There was also a special WaterFire lighting where hundreds gathered to see the city shine.

Trinity Brew House also celebrated the Providence Friars big win with a free round of drinks for patrons.

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