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Richmond, VA – Virginia Commonwealth University and Butler University will play for more than a trip to the National Championship Game when they meet on Saturday night. Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Indianapolis, IN, Mayor Greg A. Ballard wagered trips to some of their cities major attractions over the outcome of Saturday’s game.

“VCU and Butler have played extremely well to advance to this point of the tournament and I look forward to their match-up this Saturday night,” said Mayor Jones. “I hope the wager with Mayor Ballard will encourage our residents and potential visitors to discover more about what our competing cities have to offer.”

“Butler put the DAWG in underdog last year – it’s Butler’s time,” said Mayor Ballard. “I am excited by this matchup not only because of the remarkable run by these two teams, but also that one of the so-called ‘underdogs’ is guaranteed to make it to the national championship game,” said Mayor Ballard.

The two Mayors will discuss their bet live on ESPN2’s First Take program on Friday, April 1, at 10:30 a.m.

After VCU wins on Saturday night, Mayor Ballard will present two tickets to the 2011 Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and a two-night hotel stay, compliments of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association. “I have a lot of NASCAR fans in Richmond and I’m looking forward to receiving the NASCAR package from Mayor Ballard,” said Mayor Jones.

In the off chance Butler wins, Mayor Jones will concede two VIP tickets to the only East Coast showing of the international Picasso exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a two-night stay at the historic Jefferson Hotel as well as dinner for two at the award-winning Lemaire Restaurant. The Richmond package is provided compliments of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Jefferson Hotel.

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