Majority of 2021 March Madness taking place in Indianapolis

FILE -- In this March 18, 2017, file photo, an official game ball with the March Madness logo...
FILE -- In this March 18, 2017, file photo, an official game ball with the March Madness logo sits in the court during a second-round men's college basketball game between Villanova and Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament in Buffalo, N.Y.(Bill Wippert (Custom credit) | ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 10:42 AM CST
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WMTV) -The NCAA will be staging a majority of the men’s basketball tournament in Indianapolis this year.

The college sports association on Monday says it is collaborating with Indiana health officials leading up to and during the tournament.

Selection Sunday is scheduled for March 14, and the Final Four is on April 3 and 5, with preliminary round dates to still be determined.

“”We have worked tirelessly to reimagine a tournament structure that maintains our unique championship opportunity for college athletes,” says NCAA President Mark Emmert. “The reality of today’s announcement was possible thanks to the tremendous leadership of our membership, local authorities and staff.”

The NCAA is partnering with a local health provider to administer COVID-19 testing for players, coaching staffs, administrators, and officials.

The tournament will be hosted by Ball State University, Butler University, the Horizon League, Indiana University, IUPUI and Purdue University, which are lending their facilities to assist with tournament operations.

The games will be played on two courts inside Lucas Oil Stadium, with only one game at a time being played.

Games will also be 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 will be used as a practice facility.

All teams will be housed on dedicated hotel floors, with physically distanced meeting and dining rooms, as well as secure transportation to and from 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 NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt. “With the direction of the men’s basketball committee, we are making the most of the circumstances the global pandemic has presented. We’re fortunate to have neighbors and partners in Indianapolis and surrounding communities who not only love the game of basketball as much as anyone else in the country but have a storied history when it comes to staging major sporting events.”

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