The NCAA tournament is searching for a central location.
The NCAA announced that the NCAA Tournament will be held in one geographic location in 2021. Indianapolis, a hub for hoops and the NCAA, is the preliminary choice to host the entire tournament, according to the NCAA.
While it appears the NBA All-Star Game will no longer take place in Indianapolis next season, the city will get its opportunity to host a big weekend. With 68 teams traveling from across the United States to compete in the tournament, Indianapolis will be at the front of the stage for one of the biggest sporting events of the year.
The logistics of the tournament are still up in the air, but Indianapolis does make sense as a host city for the tournament. The NCAA headquarters is downtown and venues should not be much of an issue for scheduling.
Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers, and Lucas Oil Stadium are both capable of hosting the event and have done so in the past. The NCAA could also look to include Hinkle Fieldhouse (Butler) and Indiana Farmers Coliseum (IUPUI) as potential arenas.
With plenty of local high schools and colleges within driving distance of downtown Indianapolis, the move makes plenty of sense from a basketball standpoint. This is a big opportunity for the city of Indianapolis, especially after losing the All-Star Game.