The pandemic that landed March Madness in Indianapolis is also the complication that will strip some of the tournament’s ambience, but local officials are organizing safe activities.
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The logistics needed to pull off the entire NCAA tournament are incredible. But Indianapolis officials tell IBJ reporter Mickey Shuey they are up to the task. So podcast host Mason King talks with Shuey about what he’s learned and what’s left to figure out.
The herculean effort over the next 2-1/2 months will involve city and state officials, tourism and civic leaders, and likely thousands of volunteers.
Officials are hopeful new virus cases won’t ruin plans to host two dozen events in the first quarter of 2021—including efforts to bring the full NCAA men’s basketball tournament here.
Host Mason King talks with IBJ reporter Mickey Shuey, who has been covering the story, as well as Mark Ganis, co-founder of Chicago-based Sportscorp. Ltd., and Larry DeGaris, a University of Indianapolis professor and sports marketing consultant, about a proposal to have the city host all of the NCAA tournament games.
The Indianapolis-based National Collegiate Athletic Association is examining all options for its upcoming men’s basketball tournament, including the possibility of holding games without fans, as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States.
The games had been scheduled for Cincinnati, but the NCAA said the city needs time to complete renovations of its arena.
With a big assist from the Indiana Sports Corp., Indianapolis has had quite a run, hosting more than 450 sporting events over four decades, including a Super Bowl, seven NCAA men’s basketball Final Fours and dozens of amateur world championships.
The event, scheduled for April 4 and April 6, 2026, at Lucas Oil Stadium, will be the ninth time the city hosts the men’s basketball championship tournament.
Indianapolis officials say they’re up for the challenge of hosting the eighth annual College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2022, even as they’re planning six other big sporting events that take place within a 13-month stretch.
That compares to $30 million the Indianapolis business community contributed in cash and in-kind services to support the 2012 Super Bowl held at Lucas Oil Stadium.
As NCAA committees meet next week to discuss which cities will host championships through 2022, the organization finds itself in the middle of a national discussion on civil rights that will test its ability to influence public policy and its commitment to its own stated values.
Although bracket contests and the money wagered on them have driven the tournament’s popularity for decades, the NCAA takes pains not to condone gambling or filling out brackets for anything more than fun.
Mike Fox, who spent 33 years as stadium director at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Hoosier Dome, will now oversee facility operations at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The NCAA stated that its men's basketball committee decided to forego the traditional site selection process for the 2022 Final Four.
The survey is an additional step under a new NCAA requirement for event hosts to provide a safe and discrimination-free environment for all athletes.
Local officials say Indianapolis should continue to host NCAA events despite rules adopted by the association on Wednesday to assure LGBT rights and protections.
The Indianapolis-based NCAA on Tuesday announced an eight-year, $8.8 billion extension of its March Madness deal with CBS Sports and the Turner Broadcasting System.
The decision to play the Division I, II and III women’s basketball championships at one site drew praise from coaches and players. The NCAA will evaluate whether it was a one-time thing or something it should do again.
Licensees and retailers are preparing entire product lines, orders, shipping plans and marketing campaigns in advance. Four different sets of championship plans are being prepared—only one will ever see the light of day.