With less than a month before the official start of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, it was announced that there will be limited fans to watch.
According to the NCAA governing body on Friday, the tournament will feature up to 25 percent capacity for each round.
Unlike previous years, this year’s tournament will be played in its entirety in central Indiana due to COVID-19 precautions. Similar to the end of 2019-20 NBA season, March Madness will be held in a bubble like atmosphere. Most of the 67 games will be played in the city of Indianapolis. The six venues that will host the games include Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Mackey Arena, Hinkle Fieldhouse and Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
The 25 percent capacity will include all participants, essential staff and up to six family members of each participating team’s athletes and coaches and a reduced number of fans. Face coverings and physical distancing will be mandatory.
For players, before arriving in Indianapolis, each athlete must have seven consecutive negative COVID-19 tests. If any of the tests reveal a positive result, the person will not be allowed to attend the tournament until he has completed a period of self-isolation.
“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.
“I want to thank our host universities and conferences, the Indiana State Health Department, and the leaders in the Marion, Monroe and Tippecanoe county health departments as they help make that possible.”
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