SOUTH BEND, Ind. - With Notre Dame hosting the NCAA women’s regional tournament this weekend, South Bend businesses are feeling a boost long before the first tip-off.
“You know that's a nice feather in our cap it's certainly nice to have on our sports resume for the community,” said Rob DeCleene, Exec. Director, Visit South Bend Mishawaka.
Restaurants and hotels are expected to see a surge of business this weekend, and Visit South Bend Mishawaka is working to make sure fans get the whole South Bend experience.
“We've negotiated discounted rates at attractions trying to get the fans out there,” said DeCleene, who explained that fans can show their ticket stubs at certain attractions to get the discount. A full list is included at the end of this article.
“We want people leaving South Bend saying, ‘Wow, what a great experience we had,’ and becoming ambassadors for us when they go back home,” he said.
Visit South Bend Mishawaka estimates that with fans, players and ESPN crews combined, more than 1500 hotel rooms will be occupied this weekend.
“We are full tonight we are full Saturday and if Baylor wins we'll be close to full on Sunday night,” said Double Tree Hotel General Manager Jim Wynn. “Great piece of business, great for the downtown area and we're glad to have them.”
Show your ticket at these museums for special admission rates:
Studebaker National Museum
201 Chapin St.
South Bend, 46601
Center for History
574.235.9664 • centerforhistory.org
808 W. Washington St.
South Bend, 46601
574.235.9800 • potawatomizoo.org
500 S. Greenlawn Ave.
South Bend, 46615
Healthworks! Kids’ Museum
574.647.5437 • healthworkskids.org
111 W. Jefferson Blvd. • Suite 200 South Bend, 46601
St. Joseph County Parks
574.277.4828 • sjcparks.org
FREE disc golf admission (rental fee not included) at St. Patrick’s and
Ferrettie/Baugo Creek Parks
Strikes and Spares
574.243.2695 • strikesandspares.us 5419 Grape Rd. • Mishawaka, 46545
$3 off all-day wristband
South Bend Chocolate Company
574.233.2577 • sbchocolate.com
3300 W. Sample St.
South Bend, 46619
FREE factory tour