NCAA moves early-round basketball tourney games to Indy in 2022

First- and second-round games for the 2022 NCAA men’s basketball tournament are moving from Cincinnati to Indianapolis, amid delays in the Ohio city’s arena renovation plans.

The NCAA said Wednesday in a statement it has opted to move the six games to Bankers Life Fieldhouse from Heritage Bank Center in downtown Cincinnati.

In a statement, the NCAA said the move stems from a need to allow the arena more time to complete a full renovation to the facility, which was a requirement for Cincinnati to keep the bid after it was awarded in 2017.

The NCAA said Cincinnati “will have the opportunity to bid on hosting future March Madness rounds.”

The move gives Indianapolis three consecutive years of hosting games for the men’s tournament. The city will host the 2020 Midwest Regional and 2021 Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium. It also will host the Final Four in 2026.

The Indiana Sports Corp. will manage the event for the NCAA, as it does with other NCAA championship events hosted in Indianapolis, including for men’s basketball.

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