INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WMTV) – The NCAA will host much of the men’s basketball tournament in Indianapolis this year.
The college sports association said Monday it was working with Indiana health officials before and during the tournament.
Selection Sunday is scheduled for March 14th, and the Final Four will take place on April 3rd and 5th. The dates for the preliminary round have yet to be set.
“We have worked tirelessly to redefine a tournament structure that maintains our unique championship opportunity for college athletes,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. “The reality of today’s announcement was made possible thanks to the tremendous leadership of our members, local authorities and staff.”
The NCAA is working with a local health care provider to conduct COVID-19 tests for players, coaching staff, administrators and officials.
The tournament will be hosted by Ball State University, Butler University, Horizon League, Indiana University, IUPUI and Purdue University, all of which will provide their facilities to support the tournament.
The games are played on two courts at Lucas Oil Stadium, with only one game being played at a time.
The games are also played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, and Simon Skjod Assembly Hall in Bloominton.
The Indiana Convention Center is used as a practice facility.
All teams are accommodated on special hotel floors with physically distant conference and dining rooms as well as safe transport to and from the competition venues.
“The 2021 version of March Madness will be one to remember, if for no other reason than the uniqueness of the event,” said Dan Gavitt, senior vice president of basketball for the NCAA. “By leading the men’s basketball committee, we are making the most of the circumstances brought about by the global pandemic. We are fortunate to have neighbors and partners in Indianapolis and the surrounding communities who not only love the game of basketball as much as everyone else in the country, but also have a long history of hosting major sporting events. “
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