NCAA logo seen during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 16, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Decision on Fans at March Madness Could Come Next Month

INDIANAPOLIS — Will you be allowed to attend March Madness in Indianapolis? The answer could soon come.

As of right now, only family members of players and coaches will be allowed in attendance. However, a final decision on the general public will be made next month, according to Dan Gavitt, NCAA’s vice president of basketball operations.

“We have hope that, maybe, fans can be in attendance, but really, that’s going to be a mutual decision with the Marion County Health Department, with the NCAA, and it won’t be made until, at least, early February,” Gavitt told Inside Indiana Business. “We’re going to take a ‘wait-and-see’ approach in a very responsible way to make the correct decision.”

Gavitt also said they got the idea of hosting the entire Division I men’s basketball tournament in one area, instead of the tradition of numerous cities across the country hosting games, by seeing the success of the “bubbles” the NBA and NHL had to finish their seasons.

“That’s what led the basketball committee and staff’s decision, first in the middle of November, to decide to have the tournament in one geographic location, to limit travel and the challenges with travel and the pandemic.”

He said other cities and regions were considered, but in the end, they decided on Indianapolis because of the “incredible history and tradition” the city already has of hosting March Madness games.

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