The NCAA has announced that the entirety of the men’s 2021 basketball championship would be held in Indiana. A majority of the tournament’s 67 games will reportedly be taking place in the state’s capital, Indianapolis. As of now, Selection Sunday is scheduled for March 14 and the Final Four will be held on April 3 and 5. Preliminary round dates have yet to be determined.
In a statement, NCAA President Mark Emmert called it a “historic moment” that took “tremendous” effort from many different people. "We have worked tirelessly to reimagine a tournament structure that maintains our unique championship opportunity for college athletes," Mark Emmert, via 'Sports Illustrated'. Ball State University, Butler University, the Horizon League, Indiana University, IUPUI and Purdue University will host March Madness.
The Indiana Convention Center will have multiple courts set up inside and operate as a practice facility. NCAA games will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Purdue's Mackey Arena, Indiana's Assembly Hall and the Indianapolis Colts' Lucas Oil Stadium. The NCAA plans to arrange COVID-19 testing for players, staff and officials via a local health provider.