A strange confluence of basketball fans, pop-culture geeks and Irish enthusiasts will meet in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, as three very different events will draw crowds.
Fans attending the second round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament will fill Vivint Smart Home Arena on Saturday. Meanwhile, the second day of FanX Salt Lake Comic Con's celebration of fantasy, science fiction and other pop genres is expected to attract some 50,000 people to the Salt Palace Convention Center. And the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, which traditionally brings thousands of spectators, will march through The Gateway that morning.
Nick Como, communications director for the Downtown Alliance, isn't worried about the crowds.