Fans, organization owners get excited as March Madness begins in Orlando

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 correct– bucket list verify off. We’re super excited,” Gina Nelson mentioned. The couple’s daughter is a student at the college and because then, they’ve been supporting their sports teams.

“We’ve been right here a handful of instances with our children for Disney Globe, but this is the initially time we’ve been right here for basketball,” Shawn Nelson mentioned.

It is not just the fans that are prepared, so are organizations 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 mentioned.

“We’ve normally had officers on the street when we do our block parties. We’ve normally had security as a leading priority. So we have lately added metal detecting wands so that is a bit of a transform,” Fazenbaker mentioned.

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

“They have amped up patrolling because then,” Fazenbaker mentioned. “It unquestionably impacted us it was scary for everyone downtown. We did see a small bit of a drop the months following it.”

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

The Orlando Police Division requires the security and safety of our residents and guests really seriously and are operating with our law enforcement partners to retain our neighborhood protected. Even though we do not talk about certain safety measures, we normally strategy and employees each and every occasion appropriately to supply correct public security and assess the demands of the occasion to make any needed safety modifications.

Orlando Police Division

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