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NCAA Hockey Regional will have positive economic impact in Providence

The final touches are underway at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, as crews prepare for this weekend’s NCAA Hockey Regional. (WJAR)

The final touches are underway at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, as crews prepare for this weekend’s NCAA Hockey Regional.

"We constantly bid on everything that comes out,” said Dunkin' Donuts Center General Manager Larry Lepore. “We have great partners, either PC or Brown have been the whole schools three years in a row --hockey, basketball, hockey. So, we will continue.”

Just like in 2015, the ticket sales for the event have been great, thanks in part to having Providence College play at “The Dunk.”

"It's great. it made all the difference in 2015,” Lepore said. “I hope we can duplicate that atmosphere. It almost catapulted them, once they got through that going into the final four they were unbeatable that year and I'm hoping that we can duplicate it again this year.”

The event will not only benefit Providence College with the home town advantage, but will also have positive economic impact on the city.

"It brings business downtown. It's great for the venue and it's great for the exposure to the city, too,” Lepore said. “We realize that it probably means a few million bucks for the downtown businesses. There is a direct impact to the building into the authority in the state.”

The puck drops at 4 p.m. Friday between Providence College and Harvard University.

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