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2021 NCAA Tournament to be held in single city

11-16-2020 11:40 AM
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RE: 2021 NCAA Tournament to be held in single city
Not a bad idea. Two D-I schools in the city (Butler & IUPUI) plus the Pacers home for some venues.
11-16-2020 11:42 AM
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That plus Lucas Oil Stadium and high school gyms. Definitely no shortage of venues in the Indianapolis area.
11-16-2020 11:44 AM
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(11-16-2020 11:44 AM)sctvman Wrote:  That plus Lucas Oil Stadium and high school gyms. Definitely no shortage of venues in the Indianapolis area.

Not to mention you can use other facilities around the state:

Indiana
Purdue
ND
Butler
IUPUI
PUFW
Indiana St
Evansville
Ball St
Valparaiso
11-16-2020 11:48 AM
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(11-16-2020 11:48 AM)Fighting Muskie Wrote:  
(11-16-2020 11:44 AM)sctvman Wrote:  That plus Lucas Oil Stadium and high school gyms. Definitely no shortage of venues in the Indianapolis area.

Not to mention you can use other facilities around the state:

Indiana
Purdue
ND
Butler
IUPUI
PUFW
Indiana St
Evansville
Ball St
Valparaiso

Bunch of good size HS gyms. Indiana Pacers played a few games at least one season at Anderson High School, which seats 7,000. Crowds aren't really going to be a factor, since they will be limited.
11-16-2020 11:52 AM
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RE: 2021 NCAA Tournament to be held in single city
Having the entire tournament in Indianapolis shouldn't be an issue. The following venues should be available:

Lucas Oil Stadium
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Indiana Farmers Coliseum (Fairgrounds arena, used by IUPUI)
IUPUI Gym (holds 1200 - if tickets aren't sold, it's not an issue)
Multiple high school and small college gyms

If they're willing to drive a short distance, Indiana and Purdue are also available.

Indianapolis is a large city, but a lot of hotel space will be needed for 68 teams, limited traveling parties, and the media. The important part is to pull off the event in order to fulfill the TV contract and collect the income.

Get ready for the Hoosier Bubble.
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Most of the sites selected for 2021 all have hosting duties in the coming years, except for Boise and Minneapolis. I would guess that Denver gives up one of the years they're hosting and that takes care of Boise. But would Indy give up 2022 or 2024 to ensure Minneapolis stays in the fray, or does Target Center have to wait for the next round of bids before being compensated?
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Hope Indiana gets to showcase some of its world class high school gyms
11-16-2020 01:57 PM
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Not sure if this qualifies as some sort of bubble. There will still be a lot of interaction between people from all parts of the country, and just as much travel for most people travelling with teams.

Will the Final Four teams have stayed in Indianapolis for all three weeks, or will they go home between games/weeks? If not, I'm not sure I see the point to this other than maybe making it easier on the media.
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(11-16-2020 02:20 PM)ken d Wrote:  Not sure if this qualifies as some sort of bubble. There will still be a lot of interaction between people from all parts of the country, and just as much travel for most people travelling with teams.

Will the Final Four teams have stayed in Indianapolis for all three weeks, or will they go home between games/weeks? If not, I'm not sure I see the point to this other than maybe making it easier on the media.

Likely the convention center will be used as some sort of bubble (Orlando NBA) thing with many courts laid out inside. There are a lot of hotel rooms connected to the convention center.
11-16-2020 02:25 PM
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Why? Bring 68 teams to the same area, without quarantine, and risk massive COVID spread? Am I looking at this the wrong way? Seems like super-spread potential to me. Or, will the NCAA have enough vaccine for the March Madness participants and coaches? What about fans? No fans?

Are they expecting the teams that reach the Final Four to remain in Indianapolis for the full 3+ weeks?

Wouldn't the safer approach be to have higher-seeds host the first rounds? Ie, #1 Villanova v. #16 seed and #8 LSU v. #9 Memphis all in Philadelphia? #2 Duke v. #15 seed and #7 Michigan v. #10 Richmond all in Durham? That reduces travel by 25% for Round 1 and limits any spread to only the 4 teams involved in a particular grouping.
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(11-16-2020 02:29 PM)YNot Wrote:  Why? Bring 68 teams to the same area, without quarantine, and risk massive COVID spread? Am I looking at this the wrong way? Seems like super-spread potential to me. Or, will the NCAA have enough vaccine for the March Madness participants and coaches? What about fans? No fans?

Are they expecting the teams that reach the Final Four to remain in Indianapolis for the full 3+ weeks?

Wouldn't the safer approach be to have higher-seeds host the first rounds? Ie, #1 Villanova v. #16 seed and #8 LSU v. #9 Memphis all in Philadelphia? #2 Duke v. #15 seed and #7 Michigan v. #10 Richmond all in Durham? That reduces travel by 25% for Round 1 and limits any spread to only the 4 teams involved in a particular grouping.

Guessing multiple vaccines will be in use by then. NCAA used to allow teams in the Tourney to play games at their home court. It wasn't frequent but it did happen. In the early 80's Purdue played @Memphis and then a couple of years later Purdue played @LSU. I think that game went into double OT. Purdue lost and LSU went to the Final Four. Memphis also played @LSU and lost by 2 in the next game.

Guessing by the time it is narrowed down to 16 they will use the Pacer's arena then over to Luca Oil for the Final Four. Not sure about fans for the early games, might be a wait and see thing.
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Push it to May Madness. Vaccines will be out by then.
11-16-2020 02:49 PM
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The NCAAs won’t start two days after Selection Sunday. Rothstein confirmed that earlier today.
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Could they compress the schedule to two weeks?

Reduce the field to 64 teams, eliminate the First Four.

1st Round: Th/F March 25-26
2nd Round: Sa/Su March 27-28
Sweet 16: M/T March 29-30
Elite 8: W/Th March 31-April 1
Final 4 and National Championship as scheduled, Sa April 3, M April 5.
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Indianapolis will not disappoint! Great city that can support this, easily.
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they probably could still use Dayton for the first four given it's only 120 miles away.
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(11-16-2020 02:49 PM)IWokeUpLikeThis Wrote:  Push it to May Madness. Vaccines will be out by then.

I like that for two reasons. 1) The vaccine as you mentioned. 2) A trial run to push the tournament past March. I like the idea of making college basketball a one-semester sport. The season (normally) starts too early, and gets drowned in the ocean of football. Move the season out a month or two, and play the heart of the season after the CFP.
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(11-16-2020 04:06 PM)johnintx Wrote:  
(11-16-2020 02:49 PM)IWokeUpLikeThis Wrote:  Push it to May Madness. Vaccines will be out by then.

I like that for two reasons. 1) The vaccine as you mentioned. 2) A trial run to push the tournament past March. I like the idea of making college basketball a one-semester sport. The season (normally) starts too early, and gets drowned in the ocean of football. Move the season out a month or two, and play the heart of the season after the CFP.



Only problem is that the vaccine likely have enough production/led time the immunization effect to take hold, and frankly college athletics aren't important enough globally to warrant getting the first batches of production.

Wide-spread vaccination will hopefully be in place before FB kicks off in 2021
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