Indiana to Host Entire 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament
The NCAA announced Monday that it will stage its entire 2021 Division I men’s basketball championship tournament in Indiana.
A majority of the tournament’s 67 games will be played in Indianapolis.
The tournament will be hosted by Ball State, Butler, Indiana, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Purdue and the Horizon League. The Indiana Convention Center will be used as a practice facility.
Games will be played on two courts inside Lucas Oil Stadium, as well as Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Mackey Arena in West Lafayette and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Only one game at a time will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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“This is a historic moment for NCAA members and the state of Indiana,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert in a statement. “We have worked tirelessly to reimagine a tournament structure that maintains our unique championship opportunity for college athletes. The reality of today’s announcement was possible thanks to the tremendous leadership of our membership, local authorities and staff.”
The NCAA will be working with a local health department to administer COVID-19 testing.
Selection Sunday is slated for March, with the Final Four scheduled on April 3 and 5. Preliminary round dates will be determined later.