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Three state basketball tournaments are attracting visitors from all over the Mountain State to the Charleston and generating lots of money for the city. Three state basketball tournaments are attracting visitors from all over the Mountain State to the Charleston and generating lots of money for the city.

Three state basketball tournaments are attracting visitors from all over the Mountain State to Charleston and generating lots of money for the city.

"We just like coming back, the atmosphere, the people," said Ashley Minch, a former West Liberty University basketball player who is attending the tournament to support her former team.

This weekend the Charleston Civic Center is hosting the Mountain East Conference and then will host the Girl's and Boy's High School Basketball Tournaments. According to the Charleston Visitor's Bureau, the trio of tournaments is expected to bring in over $1 million in revenues.

According to Charleston residents, the timing could not be better as the city is still trying to recover from the damage of the water crisis.

"No I wasn't nervous, it had been a long enough time," said Debbie Grall, a West Liberty University fan. "And I paid attention to the health department thing. I took [my children] swimming last night and I wasn't scared at all."

Grall and her two children traveled all the way from West Liberty to watch the tournament.

Thousands of fans are expected to pack into the arena in the next couple of weeks which means hundreds of thousands of dollars in ticket sales. And visitors will not just spend money on the tournament but also shop, eat and sleep in the city.

"We're staying right across the street and we'll enjoy the mall and live it up all week," said Dana Check, who traveled from out of state to watch her former West Liberty University basketball team play.

The increased traffic from the tournament also means more restaurants and bars will be seeing higher volumes of business.

"Being somewhat of a sports bar we plan on these tournaments. March is the month. March we're going to do very well and recover and put this thing behind us," said Tracy Adballa, the general manager of Adelphia Sports Bar and Grille in downtown Charleston.