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Championships + Visitors = Happy businesses

Championships + Visitors = Happy businesses

COOS BAY, Ore. -- The OSAA 3A state basketball championships started Thursday in the bay area, and local businesses are taking advantage of all the visitors.

Joseph Monahan, the general manager of the Red Lion Hotel, says business couldn't be better. "We are sold out for the next two nights, and then Saturday we have limited availability," he said.

Sold out hotels, busy streets and thousands of visitors don't make for a typical February on the south coast.

"It's a good feeling for the hotels, we like to have that," Monahan said.

Thanks to the basketball championship coming to town, local businesses are seeing results, and some say they couldn't be more grateful.

"Especially this year, it's been a little slower than usual, so having the teams come and the parents and shop the downtown businesses really gives us a boost," said Billie Jo Arp, owner of Oregon Inspiration.

Businesses have been rolling out the red carpet, putting out signs, sponsoring teams and even giving discounts.

For years, North Bend and Marshfield high schools wanted to host this event in the bay area.

They finally got their wish two years ago. Since it went so well, the championship is back for a third year.

The OSAA says it was an easy choice. Cindy Simmons, the OSAA Assistant Executive Director, says it is all about the community. "I think really, the community feel, the way both communities really roll out the red carpet and make the teams and everybody involved with it feel really special," she said.

Simmons says the future is looking bright. "We're sure excited to be here now and we hope to see that continue," she said.

The championships run through Saturday.

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