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  Basketball Fans Bring Downtown Indianapolis Back To Life During Pandemic - WISH-TV |  Indianapolis News |  Indiana weather

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Despite the coronavirus pandemic, downtown Indianapolis was busy for Day 2 of the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament on Friday.

At the conference, up to 8,000 people could take part in games on changing places in the Lucas Oil Stadium.

Just a year ago, the NCAA and Big Ten announced that they would cancel all of their 2020 tournaments.

This year it’s back and all in one place, and fans said on News 8 on Friday that they are taking full advantage of attending as many games as possible.

“We bought tickets last year. Of course it was canceled. We had a Friday lesson. We used all the money to spend time here this year, ”said a Purdue fan.

Downtown Indy Inc. said that people who take a day trip to catch a game will spend an average of $ 70 in downtown bars, restaurants, or shops. However, the city expects much larger amounts from groups that stay overnight.

However, everything is not back to normal yet. People are in masks; capacity is limited; Players wear contact tracing devices. Some visitors even took precautions themselves by getting vaccinated before traveling.