The NCAA announced on Monday that the Indianapolis area will host the entire 2021 men’s NCAA tournament.
“This is a historic moment for NCAA members and the state of Indiana,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “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.”
CBS Sports first reported on venues for the tournament, which features a total of 68 teams and 67 games.
The 2021 NCAA tournament will be hosted by the Horizon League, Iowa, Purdue, Butler, Indiana, and Ball State, among others.
The tournament venues will be:
- Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- Hinkle Fieldhouse, home of Butler
- Indiana Farmers Coliseum
- Mackey Arena in Purdue
- Assembly Hall, home of Indiana
- Lucas Oil Stadium (two courts)
Ball State will be used if needed. There will be two courts at Lucas Oil Stadium, but there will never be two simultaneous games scheduled at the facility.
The NCAA said it intends to work with a local health provider in order to conduct COVID-19 testing for players, coaches, school leaders, and officials, and that it will continue to work with public health authorities to ensure a secure and healthy environment around the tournament.
The NCAA has not announced its plans for the women’s tournament, although a subsequent decision to host all games at the same venue is expected.
The NCAA plans on beginning the tournament in late March and ending with the Final Four on April 3, with the national championship game on April 5.
Fan attendance hasn’t been decided, however, the NCAA has said it does plan on allowing “a limited number of family members of each participating team’s student-athletes and coaches” to attend the event.