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At past tournaments, a tweet was more likely the chirping of a fan mocking an official for a bad call – not a posting made on the online social media site Twitter.

This week, a “Tweet Team” will be deployed by Visit Buffalo Niagara.

About 25 volunteers will use computers, tablets and smartphones to communicate with hoops fans on Twitter at #buffhoops.

They will help find dining options outside the arena before, between and after games and connect spectators to other activities in Western New York on Friday, the off day of the tournament.

Some volunteers will be stationed at restaurants to offer real-time information about crowds and wait times.

“It’s a very powerful tool for this kind of special event,” Healy said.

In addition, dozens of “Buffalo Ambassadors” will be stationed inside and outside First Niagara Center with city maps and bright yellow “Ask Me” signs, an idea borrowed from the 2014 Super Bowl.

Volunteer Helen Brady can’t wait to be a part of it.

“I think it will be fun on the street just talking to people,” said Brady, a medical technologist at Buffalo General Medical Center. “We’re hoping to have people get a great taste of Buffalo.”

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