Spectators to be allowed at Big Ten men’s, women’s tournaments in Indy

A limited number of spectators will be allowed to attend the Big Ten Conference’s men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in Indianapolis this month, the conference announced Thursday morning.

Up to 8,000 attendees will be permitted at the men’s tournament, scheduled for March 10-14 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Up to 2,500 will be allowed at the women’s tourney, set for March 9-13 at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.

The decision was made following approval from the Marion County Health Department and was made jointly by the Big Ten Conference Directors of Athletics and the conference’s Council of President and Chancellors in consultation with the conference office.

Up until Thursday, it was unclear if any fans would be able to attend the tourney games because of the pandemic.

This year’s Big Ten men’s tourney was originally scheduled to take place in Chicago, but it was moved to Indianapolis because of the pandemic.

Indianapolis has hosted 11 of the previous 23 men’s Big Ten tournaments and 23 of the league’s 26 women’s tournaments. This year marks the first time the men will play in a non-NBA venue and the first time both tournaments will be held in the same city during the same week.

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4 thoughts on “Spectators to be allowed at Big Ten men’s, women’s tournaments in Indy

  1. Why can less than 1/3 attend the women’s than the men’s? At this point with people getting to go I think with the pent up demand we’d pay to see anything but the Pacers play!

    1. They are at different venues, so the attendance is based on the percent of arena capacity. It appears that Marion County has approved 12% capacity.

    2. 12% capacity. Okay, so after the teams, families, vendors, employees and media…what is left? If this is true, only a deeply seasoned bureaucrat could come up with that methodology to justify.

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