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.
For the first time in NCAA history the Division I, II and III women’s titles will be decided on the same court.
Consider the road for the Indiana Hoosiers. Did we say “road?’’ That should be “gauntlet.’’ You could make the case that no champion from any of the big boy conferences got a tougher trail.
After years of fighting against tournament pools because of its staunch anti-gambling position, the Indianapolis-based organization is going to work with Microsoft's search engine, Bing, to pick winners in the men's basketball tournament.
Lucas Oil Co. is the expected winner during this year's Final Four, and the JW Marriott is turning out to be just as good a billboard as it is a hotel.
The University of Wisconsin’s 71-64 victory Saturday night in Indianapolis averaged 22.6 million viewers across TBS, TNT and truTV, according to Turner Sports and CBS. That's up 39 percent from last season's matchup of the same teams.
Wildcat fans likely will take over Indianapolis for the weekend, because that’s what they do.
The average resale price for an all-session strip of tickets to the April 4 semifinals and April 6 title game is $1,893, according to secondary market ticket aggregator TiqIQ.