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Fans, business enterprise owners get excited as March Madness begins in Orlando


Mar 16, 2023

ORLANDO, Fla. – College basketball fans are prepared for some March Madness enjoyable and the crowds are electric in Orlando for the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.

Gina and Shawn Nelson flew in from Las Vegas to watch the Cougars from College of Charleston.

“A dream come accurate– bucket list verify off. We’re super excited,” Gina Nelson stated. The couple’s daughter is a student at the college and considering that then, they’ve been supporting their sports teams.

“We’ve been right here a couple of occasions with our little ones for Disney Planet, but this is the 1st time we’ve been right here for basketball,” Shawn Nelson stated.

It is not just the fans that are prepared, so are companies in downtown Orlando.

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“We’ve got safety staffed up,” Katie Fazenbaker, marketing and advertising and events manager for the Wall Street Plaza bars stated.

“We’ve normally had officers on the street even though we do our block parties. We’ve normally had security as a best priority. So we have lately added metal detecting wands so that is a bit of a alter,” Fazenbaker stated.

She recalled final year’s July 31st shooting close to Wall Street that left various injured was scary and it impacted companies in the aftermath, but they’ve been capable to rebound considering that then.

“They have amped up patrolling considering that then,” Fazenbaker stated. “It absolutely impacted us it was scary for everyone downtown. We did see a tiny bit of a drop the months following it.”

In statement to News six, the Orlando Police Division stated:

The Orlando Police Division requires the security and safety of our residents and guests quite seriously and are operating with our law enforcement partners to retain our neighborhood secure. Though we do not go over certain safety measures, we normally program and employees every single occasion appropriately to present appropriate public security and assess the requires of the occasion to make any important safety modifications.

Orlando Police Division

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