SPOKANE, Wash. – Thousands of visitors have descended on Spokane to catch their men’s basketball teams in action in the NCAA Tournament.
While they’re here, they are filling our hotels and eating in our restaurants. And most fans likely flew into the Spokane International Airport, considering that all eight visiting teams come from more than 1,000 miles away.
In addition to a new city, many visitors are adjusting to a new climate. East Coast teams like Harvard said the weather in Spokane is milder than Massachusetts right now.
“It was pretty cold back in Boston,” Harvard Athletics Associate Director of Communications Tim Williamson said. “Probably the mid-thirties, so here it’s been a little warmer. Nice and sunny; it’s great.”
This is Michigan State University fans Don Tierney and Lanita Brown’s third time following the Spartans to the Inland Northwest. This time, though, they said all Spokane hotels were booked so they are staying in Coeur d’Alene. They said the landscape here is much different from Lansing, Michigan.
“You’ve got the mountains – we don’t have mountains,” Tierney said. “You got the cool rapids river running through the middle of town. Lake Coeur d’Alene, beautiful area. It’s a nice experience.”
“I’d love to be here and see it when it’s all green,” Brown said. “Never done that. It’s always winter when I’m traveling.”