The NCAA tournament will have fans in Indianapolis

The NCAA tournament will have fans in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS – While there was a college basketball season, both contestants and fans were complaining that arenas across the country have been mostly empty this season.

Restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have at least limited the number of viewers who can watch a game live. No one outside of the players, coaches, match staff and the media was admitted in a number of locations.

But that will change in about a month or so as the NCAA will allow at least some to watch “March Madness” live in 2021.

On Friday, the NCAA announced that it would have limited games during the NCAA tournament and Final Four, all of which will be played in Indianapolis.

The tournament venues may be used up to 25 percent for the games. This includes “key staff and family members of the student athletes and coaches of each participating team, as well as a smaller number of fans”.

“We continue to use the knowledge we have gained over the course of the season to play games in a safe environment,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert in a statement on Friday. “I would like to thank our host universities and conferences, the Indiana State Health Department, and the heads of Marion, Monroe, and Tippecanoe County’s health departments for helping make this possible.”

The games will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium (Final Four), Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse and Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis. Competitions also take place at Purdue University’s Mackey Arena in West Lafayette and Indiana University’s Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

Indiana has already announced that only 500 fans will be allowed to participate in games.

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