NCAA Men's 2021 March Madness Will Take Place In A Bubble In Indiana

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This spring sixty eight. Men's basketball teams from colleges and universities across the country will gather at indianapolis for march madness that includes athletes coaches and staff along families and press. The organizers goal is to create a bubble similar to what the nba did over the summer. Indianapolis was already set to host the final four this year which nc double a senior vice president of basketball. Dan gavitt says made it a logical choice. We knew when we made the decision to come to one geographic location. Having as many of those venues in the city of indianapolis in marion county in particular was important for the health costs to be very similar. Gavitt says the city's long history of hosting sporting events should help the. Ncaa is headquartered here in the city. And there's enough venues. Hotels and transportation teams will stay in the four downtown hotels all connected to lucas oil stadium. One of the six sites to be used for games but the move will likely be a financial blow to cities that were set to host some of the games this year including lexington dallas dayton and san jose. The decision is welcome news for the indiana lodging association. It's president patrick. Tam says last year it's all twenty percent of restaurants permanently close and two thirds of the hotels facing bankruptcy. Now news is is indicative of the best news for hotels since march. This is tremendous news for a lot of people that have been out of work or they now be called and talked with end. The demand for rooms could increase the nc double a. decides to allow fans to attend at a time when indiana's averaging more than seventy deaths per day from covert nineteen university of california berkeley epidemiologist. John's schwartzberg says is important to put public health before sports news standpoint. There's every reason recent plan for it if they have to have every reason for cancelling it is. Things aren't fanatically but state and local officials like governor. Eric holcomb argue. That india can handle thousands of guests. And keep them safe will have the place spruced up and ready to go. Just like we do for the indy. Five hundred just like we do for final four. This is the only time that i hope this ever happens. And i say that. As the potential host of all these gains college basketball's march madness is scheduled to start march sixteenth and run through april fifth for npr news. I'm samantha horton in

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