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INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA will allow a limited number of fans at the 2021 Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, at all venues for all rounds.

Each venue will be allowed 25% capacity, which will include players and coaches, essential staff and family members, plus a reduced number of fans. The NCAA says the decision to allow up to 25% capacity was made in conjunction with state and local health authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks will be required, and social distancing will be enforced. The NCAA says thorough cleaning, disinfecting and safety measures will be a priority in all venues.

“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,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball. “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.”

The entire tournament, which begins March 18, will be played in the Hoosier state, at Purdue’s Mackey Arena and IU’s Assembly Hall, along with Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse, the Indiana Farmers Coliseum at the State Fairgrounds, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and Lucas Oil Stadium.