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NCAA To Allow Some Fans At This Year’s March Madness In Indiana

By Samantha Horton, IPB News | Published on in Health, Sports
Lucas Oil Stadium is one of six sites the NCAA is using to host the 2021 Men's Division I Basketball Championship. The venue could have up to 17,500 people at a game based on the capacity limits. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Lucas Oil Stadium is one of six sites the NCAA is using to host the 2021 Men's Division I Basketball Championship. The venue could have up to 17,500 people at a game based on the capacity limits. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

The NCAA announced Friday a limited number of fans will be permitted to attend this year’s Division One Men’s Basketball Championship. Each venue may allow up to 25 percent capacity with physical distancing.

The decision could let up to 17,500 people – including teams, families and fans – into Lucas Oil Stadium for games held at that venue.

Last month, officials announced all 67 games would be held in Indiana to limit team travel and keep athletes, coaches and staff safe during the pandemic.

NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a news release that he and others will continue to use the information they have gathered this season to conduct the tournament safely.

IU Health will be providing the testing and monitoring for the championship.

Last year March Madness was cancelled due to COVID-19.

This year’s games will run from March 18 through April 5.

Contact reporter Samantha at shorton@wfyi.org or follow her on Twitter at @SamHorton5.