Downtown businesses are hoping for a big run as well.
The Greater Hartford Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the five-day tournament could pump $2 million into the downtown economy.
The average ticket price is just under $7 dollars. If ticket sales are any indication, it could be a big weekend despite a down economy.
"The advance ticket sales have been fantastic. They've been up significantly over last year," said Chuck Steedman, general manager of the XL Center.
That gets them a bye until the quarterfinals on Sunday.