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Easy ways to get to the NCAA tournament

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Posted at 6:49 AM, Mar 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-16 06:49:56-04

The NCAA basketball tournament starts today, and fans from all eight of the teams playing in Buffalo are flocking to the Queen City to see the games in person.

In anticipation of all those visitors, Visit Buffalo Niagara and the City of Buffalo will be working to make sure transportation around the Key Bank Center runs smoothly.

There will be a taxi standing area along Hanover Street, between Marine Drive and Prime Street at Canalside. Signs and volunteers will help direct spectators to these locations, according to Visit Buffalo Niagara. There will also be more taxis waiting along Marine Drive, past Lloyd Street.

The Metro Rail will also run more frequently throughout the tournament, and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority says it will be adding more cars to each train. If you're taking the train, the NFTA is offering free parking at University and LaSalle stations.

Parking at city ramps near Key Bank Center will cost $10 for the day, Mayor Byron Brown says.

At some point today, between game sets, there will be a 90-minute intermission where fans will have to leave the Key Bank Center, according to event organizers. City officials say they hope fans will take advantage of all the transportation options during this time, and look for places to eat and drink in downtown Buffalo.

Visit Buffalo Niagara says it expects the tournament to generate $8 million in economic impact.