All 16 Big East teams will play in the championship, with 15 games being played over five days.
The projected economic impact to the Greater Hartford region is more than $2 million.
The official site for information is www.bigeast.org/wbb for games, event programming, fan events, and housing.
Members of the Hartford Hospitality Task Force, which includes the Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Hartford Arts Council, MetroHartford Alliance, the BID, the Hartford Parking Authority, and businesses, are working on a variety of activities and promotions for fans and visitors.
Efforts include a Big East Fan Guide with shuttle map, event locations/details (available at the XL Center, the Greater Hartford Welcome Center at 100 Pearl Street in Hartford, and participating hotels throughout the city); a daily newsletter distributed by the Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau at hotels and Information Nation, detailing daily events, provide brackets and scheduling information. A supplemental newsletter, â€œBig East Eatâ€ for restaurant specials. In addition, restaurants and shops will offer extended hours and promotions.
Comcast Coliseum Club in the XL Center open to those with a ticket stub. Reservations strongly recommended by calling (860) 241-4319. Also, most downtown parking garages and lots will offer special event parking rates. Hartfordâ€™s Star Shuttle buses will extend hours as follows: Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Monday, 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.
To welcome visitors, the Greater Hartford Welcome Center at 100 Pearl Street will be open Friday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau will host a satellite welcome center inside the XL Center on Saturday and Sunday.
The Hartford Hospitality Task Force is comprised of more than 40 representatives from: the Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau; AEG Management CT, LLC., XL Center, the City of Hartford; the Central Regional Tourism District; The MetroHartford Alliance; Business for Downtown Hartford; Hartford Business Improvement District; the Capital City Economic Development Authority (CCEDA); the Connecticut Convention Center; the Connecticut Expo Center; the Greater Hartford Arts Council; CT Transit; the Hartford Parking Authority; the Hartford Police; Riverfront Recapture; and Hartford restaurants, attractions, hotels, businesses, arts and community organizations, and event organizers.