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Annual college basketball tournament expected to draw thousands to Charleston

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Eight teams.  12 games.  Three days.

The 2013 Charleston Classic, an annual pre-season men's basketball tournament held at the College of Charleston's T-D Arena, is expected to see crowds of nearly 4000 people per two-game session.  The field of eight teams includes Davidson, The University of Alabama-Birmingham, Clemson, Georgia, Nebraska, New Mexico, Temple, and UMass.

"One of the great draws for this tournament is the fact that its in Charleston," said Josh Bryson, The College of Charleston's Director of Operations.

"People from the community who aren't engaged with the College of Charleston, it gives them the opportunity to come see what we have here," he said.

Local businesses have also seen the benefit of having a national tournament in town.  A Charleston hotel within footsteps of the arena has already sold out for the weekend.  Ashley Sprott, the Marketing Director for Nick's Bar-B-Que on King Street has also noticed the effect of the effect of having more foot traffic in Downtown Charleston.

"They've either never heard of us or want to know more about this unique spot on King Street," Sprott said. 

"It really does change our business for the week."

The Charleston Classic begins Thursday.  Fans can purchase tickets at the TD Arena Box office for twenty dollars per two-game session.

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