NCAA releases full details of 2021 March Madness

The NCAA has released further details about the 2021 Division I men’s basketball championship which will be held entirely in central Indiana.

Selection Sunday is scheduled for March 14 and the Final Four is scheduled for April 3 and 5.

The NCAA will partner with a local health provider to administer COVID-19 tests to players, staff, administrators and officials.

Games will be played inside Lucas Oil Stadium, Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Butler University’s Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum at the Indiana State Fair grounds, Purdue’s Mackey Arena and Indiana University’s Assembly Hall.

The Indiana Convention Center will be used as a practice facility.

Most of the teams will stay at Marriott properties, which are connected to the convention center via skywalks. Teams will be housed on dedicated hotel floors with physically distanced meeting and dining rooms.

A limited number of family members of participating teams will be allowed to attend the games.

The NCAA is still working with health officials to determine the feasibility of having fans at games.

“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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