The NCAA announced on Friday that it will allow a limited number of fans at this year’s men’s NCAA tournament.
The NCAA Tournament will have up to 25% capacity with physical distancing permitted at all rounds, including the Final Four. The NCAA announced it came to this decision made in conjunction with state and local health authorities in Indiana. The 25% will include all participants, staff and family members as well as fans. Masks and physical distancing will be required.
“We continue to use the knowledge we have gained over the season on how to conduct games in a safe environment,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement.
The entire tournament is taking place in Indianapolis and the surrounding region. The Final Four will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium, with earlier rounds at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, plus Mackey Arena in West Lafayette and Assembly Hall in Bloomington. The teams will stay at hotels around the Indiana Convention Center.
NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt said, “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. 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.”
Selection Sunday is set for March 14th.