Eugene businesses prep for the NCAA Tournament

The whole team gets a photo together with seniors Lexi Bando and Justine Hall. The Oregon Ducks won against the UCLA Bruins on senior night 101-94 in overtime.

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon Ducks women's basketball team has made it to the NCAA Tournament, and their first game is on Friday.

A total of three tournament games will be hosted at Matthew Knight Arena, and local businesses are preparing for the influx of sporting fans over the weekend.

The Cooler in Eugene says it's expecting a huge rush to watch the Ducks face the Seattle Redhawks on Friday.

"We're used to big crowds for game day and what not, but this is kind of special," said Braedon Howard, General Manager at The Cooler. "We watched them go last year as deep as they did in the tournament, and it'll be fun to watch that."

Howard says this weekend will call for an 'all hands on deck' approach in order to keep up with the demand from fans, including fans like alumni Duck player and coach, Bev Smith.

"It's going to be the best part of their life, to play in a University environment, to play with teammates that you go to practice with every single day, that you push each other every single day," said Smith.

For Duck fans, Friday is hopefully the first step towards a national championship.

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