Indiana's Assembly Hall not changing attendance policy for March Madness despite approval from NCAA
The NCAA made a big decision on Friday, announcing that it would allow up to 25% capacity for this year’s March Madness tournament, all of which is scheduled to be played at venues throughout the state of Indiana. But Indiana University is going to keep its same attendance policy in place.
After the NCAA’s announcement, the school released its own statement, saying that it will still allow “up to 500 spectators” to attend games during the tournament. Assembly Hall is one of six locations for the tournament this year, along with Mackey Arena, Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse and Farmers Coliseum.
Indiana’s attendance policy will be the same as it was for all of the Hoosiers’ home games during the 2020-21 season.
“After conversations between the NCAA and the Indiana University Medical Response Team, Indiana University plans to welcome up to 500 spectators for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship games played at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall March 18-20,” the statmeent said.
“Indiana University’s plan, based on recommendations from the Medical Response Team, is consistent with the attendance policy at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall during the 2020-21 basketball season permitting immediate family members of participating players and staff members to attend the games. A limited number of seats will also be available for vaccinated medical personnel and first responders from Monroe County.”
With a seating capacity of 17,222, Assembly Hall could permit around 4,300 spectators for March Madness games this year based on the NCAA’s 25% capacity ruling.
The NCAA tournament is scheduled to begin on Thursday, March 18.