NCAA announces attendance policy for upcoming men’s basketball tournament
Thankfully, unlike last year, we will all have an NCAA Tournament to enjoy.
Of course, the upcoming March Madness will be unique as the entire tournament is going to be held in and around Indianapolis this year to reduce travel for teams and the actual games start on a Friday this year – instead of the normal Thursday start.
In addition to that news, the NCAA has just announced attendance will be limited to 25% capacity with physical distancing guidelines put into place in conjunction with state and local health authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That 25 percent number will include all participants — that’s players, coaches, staff members, media, referees, etc. — in addition to essential staff and family members of players and coaches. After all those people are in, the remaining seats will go to fans.
“This year’s tournament will be like no other, and while we know it won’t be the same for anyone, we are looking forward to providing a memorable experience for the student-athletes, coaches and fans at a once-in-a-lifetime tournament,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball. “After the cancellation of the 2020 tournament, we are happy to welcome some fans back to all rounds of the Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.”
The 2021 men’s basketball tournament games will be hosted by the courts of Ball State, Butler, the Horizon League, Indiana, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Purdue.