The NCAA has announced that the entire 2021 men’s basketball championship tournament will take place in Indiana.
Officials say most of the tournament’s 67 games will take place in Indianapolis. According to the NCAA, The league is partnering with a local health provider to administer COVID-19 testing within the controlled environment for players, coaching staff, administrators, and officials.
“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.”
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. The NCAA also is working with the city and state to promote “Mask Madness,” an initiative to promote health and safety by practicing social distancing and wearing a mask. As part of this program, the NCAA will donate thousands of masks throughout the state leading up to the tournament.