Report: NCAA, Indianapolis come to agreement for NCAA men's basketball tournament
The next sports bubble is reportedly heading to Indianapolis.
Monday morning, Anthony Calhoun of WISH TV in Indianapolis reported that the NCAA and the city have reached an agreement to host the entire NCAA men’s basketball tournament in 2021. The goal is to eliminate as much travel as possible and create somewhat of a bubble-like atmosphere to ensure March Madness is played this year.
Last year, the NCAA tournament was canceled, as well as many conference tournaments, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The loss of the massive event cost conferences and athletic departments across the country millions of dollars in revenue.
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BREAKING: HUGE news for Indy! Sources tell me that the NCAA and the city have reached an agreement to host the ENTIRE 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis. Official announcement expected later today. @WISH_TV #MarchMadness
— Anthony Calhoun 📺 (@ACwishtv) January 4, 2021
Calhoun is reporting that the announcement is expected later today.
Indianapolis has hosted several major events, including NCAA tournament games, the B1G Tournament, the B1G Football Championship Game, Final Fours and the Super Bowl. It’s regarded as one of the best sports towns in the nation. Additionally, having several major arenas available for use — Hinkle FieldHouse, Banker’s Life FieldHouse and Lucas Oil Stadium — allows the NCAA to host a big-time event in the city.
There’s also a possibility that the NCAA extends the reach from Indianapolis and could use Mackey Arena (Purdue) in West Lafayette and Assembly Hall (Indiana) in Bloomington as potential host sites.
At this time, limited details are available.