The NCAA is relocating 13 sites around the country scheduled to host preliminary rounds of the 2021 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament to a single geographic area due to COVID-19. The 2020 event was among the first major sports casualties of the pandemic when it was canceled on March 12.
2021 March Madness Plans
- NCAA is in “preliminary talks” with Indiana and the city of Indianapolis to host the 68-team March Madness tournament.
- Indianapolis was already set to host the Final Four from April 3-5.
- New plan is intended to limit travel and provide a safe and controlled environment for practice and game venues, medical resources, and lodging for teams and officials.
Early-round matchups were previously set to take place in Idaho, Texas, Michigan, Rhode Island, Kentucky, North Carolina, California, Kansas, Colorado, Minnesota, New York and Tennessee.