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INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has announced that the “March Madness” men’s basketball Division-I tournament will be held in one single location, instead of various cities across the country, because of the pandemic.

“We were not going to be able to host a tournament in 13 different sites,” said NCAA Committee Chair Mitch Barnhart. “It was just, through the pandemic, it was very unreasonable to expect that.”

The NCAA says it is currently in “preliminary talks” with the state of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis to potentially host the entire men’s tournament around the metro area in March and April.


NCAA Senior Vice President Dan Gavitt says details are still being worked out.

“Competition venues, practice sites, hotel arrangements, medical resources that are very available here in Indianapolis, but we still have a long way to go to finalize all of that,” Gavitt said.

Indy was already scheduled to host the men’s Final Four this season.