On Monday, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced its entire 2021 men’s basketball championship would be staged in the Hoosier State, with the majority of the tournament's 67 games taking place in Indianapolis.
The tournament will be hosted by Ball State, Butler, the Horizon League, Indiana University, IUPUI, and Purdue University, which are lending their facilities and staff to assist with tournament operations. The Indiana Convention Center will be used as a practice facility, with multiple courts set up inside the venue.
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.
“Indiana is a basketball state, and we’re beyond excited to safely host the 2021 NCAA men’s Division I, II and III basketball championships here," commented Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb on the NCAA's decision to stage the 2021 championships in Indiana. "Games will take place around the state – from Evansville to Indianapolis and from West Lafayette to Fort Wayne. With our deep commitment to public health, strong infrastructure, and historic facilities, I have no doubt that this year’s tournaments will be among the best we’ve ever seen.”
With the continued threat of the COVID-19 pandemic as it pertains to sporting events and gatherings, the NCAA says it's partnering with a local health provider to administer COVID-19 testing within the controlled environment for players, coaching staff, administrators, and officials.
The NCAA says Selection Sunday is still scheduled for March 14, and plans remain to have the Final Four on April 3 and 5, with exact preliminary-round dates to be determined.
As of now, no official decision has been made as to whether or not fans will be allowed to attend games at any of the venues, but the NCAA says it's closely monitoring the ongoing pandemic and will continue to work with local health officials to determine that possibility.
Monday's announcement from the NCAA comes after the organization's November considerations to hold the entire tournament in Indianapolis.
You can see Monday's full release from the NCAA here.