Dan Gavitt not ruling out single-site NCAA Tournaments in the future
Teams and fans are witnessing a unique version of March Madness this season, but it is at least a possibility that we could see a similar setup sometime in the future.
Due to the continuing pandemic going on throughout the country, the 2021 NCAA Tournament made major changes in order to try and pull off a successful March Madness. That includes every game getting played at various venues but entirely within the state of Indiana. The Final Four will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
On Thursday, NCAA Senior Vise President of Basketball Dan Gavitt addressed the media ahead of the start of the tournament. Among other things discussed, Gavitt was asked if future NCAA Tournaments might be held at single sites. While he did not currently discuss any potential changes, Gavitt did not rule out the possibility down the road.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg shared Gavitt’s comments:
Asked about Jim Nantz's idea about future NCAA tournaments being at one site, Dan Gavitt says he "wouldn't dismiss it altogether" but wants to get through this tournament first. Says some have said "this is a pretty cool thing to have all 68 teams together." But future sites set.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) March 18, 2021
The NCAA already has agreements in place for the Final Four destinations through 2026. Barring any changes, the destinations beginning in 2022 will be New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Indianapolis.
Without any changes, the earliest we could see a similar setup to 2021 would be in 2027 or beyond. However, it’s entirely possible the Tournament continues to use the traditional region format with venues across the country. After all, seeings games played all across the country is one of the historical staples of March Madness.