It is very exciting for the City of Indianapolis and our State when we found out the entire 67 game NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tourney will be here this year. What a terrific opportunity for our area, as four of the sites will be in Indianapolis and then one in Lafayette and one in Bloomington. With all the teams and media staying here, eating here, practicing here, and playing the games it will be a much needed boost to our hospitality industry. This is very exciting for Indianapolis and central Indiana.
Indiana will also be host to the NCAA Men’s Division II and NCAA Men’s Division III Basketball Tourneys as well. The Division II Tourney will take place in Evansville and Division III will be held in Ft. Wayne. Indiana is truly a basketball state and this is our opportunity to really shine once again with our hospitality and organization in hosting events such as this.
I thought many of you may enjoy seeing the article from the Indiana Sports Corporation on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tourney. This will give you more information.
Indiana to Host 2021 March Madness
The NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee will stage the entire 2021 men’s basketball championship in Indiana, with the majority of the tournament’s 67 games taking place in Indianapolis. Selection Sunday is still scheduled for March 14, and plans remain to have the Final Four April 3 and 5, with exact preliminary round dates still to be determined.
The tournament will be hosted by Ball State University, Butler University, the Horizon League, Indiana University, IUPUI and Purdue University, which are lending their facilities and staffs to assist with tournament operations. Games will be played on two courts inside Lucas Oil Stadium, as well as Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Mackey Arena in West Lafayette and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Only one game at a time will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Indiana Convention Center will be used as a practice facility, with multiple courts set up inside the venue.
CBS Sports and Turner Sports will continue to distribute all 67 games of the tournament across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV and their digital platforms.