In an effort to fight the spread of COVID-19, the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship games are being moved.
Rather than have teams and staff moving across the country, the NCAA wants to have all games played in the same area. At the moment, it looks like that will be Indianapolis. The city was already set to host the Final Four games in early April.
“My committee colleagues and I did not come lightly to the difficult decision to relocate the preliminary rounds of the 2021 tournament, as we understand the disappointment 13 communities will feel to miss out on being part of March Madness next year,” said Mitch Barnhart, chair of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and University of Kentucky athletics director. “With the University of Kentucky slated to host first- and second-round games in March, this is something that directly impacts our school and community, so we certainly share in their regret. The committee and staff deeply appreciate the efforts of all the host institutions and conferences, and we look forward to bringing the tournament back to the impacted sites in future years.”
The first and second round games had been scheduled to be played in Wichita, at INTRUST Bank Area, March 19 and 20.
You can read the NCAA’s full statement below.