There’s excellent news and unhealthy information in regard to fan attendance at the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
The excellent news: Fans will be allowed to watch March Madness in individual this 12 months. The unhealthy information: Attendance might be severely lowered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While that is definitely not perfect, something is healthier than lacking the event totally — as was the case in 2020.
What’s more, the very fact your entire event will happen within the state of Indiana — with video games tipping off at the conclusion of the earlier sport — ought to make for a number of the most exciting TV entertainment in NCAA Tournament history.
With that, here is every thing you want to know about the 2021 NCAA Tournament, together with fan attendance insurance policies, COVID-19 protocols, tickets, venues and more:
- Are fans allowed at March Madness in 2021?
- NCAA Tournament 2021 COVID-19 protocols
- NCAA Tournament 2021 venues
- How to purchase tickets for March Madness
- Can NCAA void tickets if fans have COVID-19?
- NCAA Tournament COVID-19 protocols
Are fans allowed at March Madness in 2021?
Yes. The NCAA announced on Feb. 19 it would permit “up to 25 percent capacity with physical distancing,” along side native and state COVID-19 insurance policies.
The whole variety of attendees will rely upon the venue — six of which might be used all through the event — and embody gamers, coaches, important workers, members of the family of collaborating groups and a lowered variety of fans. Aside from the gamers, all should additionally put on face coverings and social distance themselves throughout the sport. The group additionally stated, “cleaning, disinfecting and safety measures will be a priority.”
The total 67-game event will happen within the state of Indiana, with the overwhelming majority happening in Indianapolis. The NCAA’s choice to play the 2021 NCAA Tournament in a single state was made with the intent to cut back the quantity of journey and venues, minimizing any potential unfold of the coronavirus.
“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 stated 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.”
NCAA Tournament 2021 COVID-19 protocols
The NCAA has launched strict protocols for teams that make March Madness however has but to launch a equally complete plan for fans in attendance. As of Monday, Feb. 22, the one identified protocols in place for the latter group are that they have to put on masks and socially distance themselves from different fans.
This part might be up to date as more information turns into obtainable.
NCAA Tournament 2021 venues
March Madness in 2021 will characteristic six venues, all within the state of Indiana, from the First Four by the Final Four.
That begins with Mackey Arena (West Lafayette, Ind.) and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (Bloomington, Ind.). Those two venues are the one ones not to reside in Indianapolis. They may also host first-round video games. Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum and Lucas Oil Stadium will host first- and second-round video games; Bankers Life Field House and Hinkle Fieldhouse will host the Sweet 16; Lucas Oil Stadium will host the Elite Eight, Final Four and nationwide championship rounds.
Below is a full rundown on the websites of the NCAA Tournament, together with projected fan attendance per venue:
*Indicates venue will host solely first-round video games
|Round||Site||Approximate fan attendance|
|First Four||Mackey Arena||3,560|
|Rounds 1-2||Mackey Arena*||3,560|
|Bankers Life Fieldhouse||5,000|
|Indiana Farmers Coliseum||1,700|
|Lucas Oil Stadium||17,500|
|Sweet 16||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||5,000|
|Elite Eight||Lucas Oil Stadium||17,500|
|Final Four||Lucas Oil Stadium||17,500|
|Championship||Lucas Oil Stadium||17,500|
How to purchase tickets for March Madness
First Four tickets through the NCAA are now not obtainable, although the NCAA does have choices to purchase tickets beginning with the primary and second rounds. Below are the dates to purchase tickets by the group for every of the following rounds, from the Sweet 16 by the Elite Eight:
Ticket portals open at 10 a.m. ET
- Sweet 16: Tuesday, March 16
- Elite Eight: Tuesday, March 16
2021 Final Four ticket costs
As of Thursday, March 11, the one publicly obtainable Final Four tickets are by way of Vivid Seats: The most cost-effective choice obtainable $1,477 every for 2 tickets.
Can NCAA void tickets if fans have COVID-19?
The NCAA’s ticket FAQ web page doesn’t specify what occurs if a patron reveals cannot be admitted to an NCAA Tournament venue due to COVID-19 signs. It does specify how fans can commerce of their tickets ought to they be unable to attend; it additionally particulars refunding insurance policies ought to a sport be canceled.
From the NCAA:
What is the refund coverage for NCAA Championship tickets?
“In the event a championship is canceled, all tickets purchased through the NCAA will be refunded in full within 30 days of cancellation.”
I’ve tickets for an NCAA championship that I can now not attend. How can I promote or switch my tickets?
“For information on the NCAA Ticket Exchange, visit www.ncaa.com/exchange. The official NCAA Ticket Exchange is the only 100% guaranteed, NCAA-approved secondary ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell NCAA Championship tickets with other fans. Ticket holders who are unable to attend a game have a secure place to safely sell their tickets, and the buyer can be assured that the tickets are authentic and 100% guaranteed.”
NCAA Tournament COVID-19 protocols
The NCAA has launched COVID-19 protocols for March Madness fans to comply with (not together with venue, native or state mandates):
- Face coverings: A face protecting have to be worn at all occasions.
- Physical distancing: Practice bodily distancing and stay 6 ft aside.
- Seating pods: Remain in your seating pod to guarantee bodily distancing from different teams.
- No interplay: Interactions with student-athletes, coaches, group personnel and officers are prohibited.
- Arrive ready: Review venue well being and security tips prior to arrival.