NCAA Tournament protocols require 7 negative tests from players, coaches

NCAA men's basketball tournament health protocols include 7 negative COVID-19 tests, contact tracing devices

NCAA men's basketball tournament health protocols include 7 negative COVID-19 tests, contact tracing devices

The NCAA has selected Indianapolis as the host of the entire March Madness tournament.

The decision was announced on Monday, January 4, 2020, that the tournament will be played entirely in the state of in, and will offer safety protocols similar to the National Basketball Association "bubble".

According to the protocols, those designated as Tier 1 travel party participants must provide proof of seven consecutive negative COVID-19 tests prior to arriving in Indianapolis. The NCAA lost at least $375 million due to the cancellation of the 2020 Men's NCAA Tournament.

Ultimately, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made a decision to host the remainder of the season as well as its playoffs at a single location where they could control who's a part of it, including team personnel, chefs, cleaning services, media, etc.

The protocols were decided by the NCAA in conjunction with the Marion County Public Health Department.

The NCAA announced last week that the tournament will be held in its entirety in IN in March and April, with most of the 67 games held in Indianapolis. The information was confirmed by the NCAA on Monday.

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The majority of the 2021 March Madness tournament will be played in Indianapolis, with some games taking place in Bloomington & West Lafayette.

March Madness is set to begin with Selection Sunday on March 14, and the Final Four are still scheduled for April 3 and 5, with exact preliminary-round dates to be determined.

The host sites confirmed by the NCAA are Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Mackey Arena, Assembly Hall and Lucas Oil (two courts).

All teams will be housed at one of four hotels connected to the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

In addition, on March 14 will be held the event in which the 68 universities participating in 2021 March Madness will be known. We appreciate the collaboration among the Men's Basketball Committee and staff, our hosts and local organizers, the staffs at each practice and competition venue, and our broadcast and corporate partners.

The NCAA has been working very hard to ensure a safe environment when running the event. Can the same thing be guaranteed for these younger players?

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