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Indiana Sports Corp and NCAA bring Men’s March Madness to Life

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Indiana Sports Corp and NCAA bring 2021 NCAA Tournament to Indianapolis
via Team Indiana

As you can imagine, bringing the NCAA 2021 men’s basketball championship to life in general is no easy feat let alone bringing it to life during a global pandemic, but we would expect nothing less from our partners at Indiana Sports Corp.

The NCAA and Indiana Sports Corp have worked together to design a tournament structure that maintains the unparalleled championship experience for collegiate athletes while keeping them safe and healthy.

March Madness 2021
The J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis displays the world’s largest NCAA tournament bracket
via Team Indiana

Now that March Madness is well underway, you may have noticed the wide array of facilities being used to host the games. Ball State University, Butler University, the Horizon League, Indiana University, IUPUI, and Purdue University have all lent their facilities and staffs to help run March Madness.

Through our partnership with Indiana Sports Corp and Team Indiana, we are proud to offer the opportunity to market and rent some of the premier venues in the country Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Indianapolis Colts), Bankers Life Fieldhouse (home of the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever), Hinkle Fieldhouse (Butler University), Indiana Farmers Coliseum (home to IUPUI Jaguars), Mackey Arena (Purdue University), and Simon Skjodt Asssembly Hall (Indiana University).

Lucas Oil Stadium
Home to the Indianapolis Colts, Lucas Oil has been converted to feature two basketball courts for the NCAA tournament. It opened its doors to the public in 2008 after replacing the RCA Dome.
Lucas Oil Stadium hosted six games during the first round of the tournament March 19-20, along with more games during the second round March 21-22. It will also host the Elite Eight March 29-30 and the Final Four April 3 and 5. (via Team Indiana)

Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Bankers Life Fieldhouse serves as the home for the NBA’s Pacers and the WNBA’s Fever, both of Indiana’s professional basketball teams. It’s also a frequent host for the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments.
Bankers Life Fieldhouse hosted six games during the first round of the tournament March 19-20 along with more games during the second round March 21-22, including Loyola’s matchup against No. 1-seeded University of Illinois March 21. It will also host the Ramblers’ matchup against Oregon State University March 27 as well as other Sweet Sixteen games March 27-28.
 (via Team Indiana)
Hinkle Fieldhouse (Butler University)
Hinkle Fieldhouse opened in 1928 and has been the home of the Butler University Bulldogs ever since. Originally named Butler Fieldhouse, the Fieldhouse was renamed in 1968 to honor Butler’s three-sport coach Paul D. Hinkle.
Hinkle Fieldhouse hosted six games during the first round March 19-20 — including the No. 8-seeded Loyola men’s basketball team’s matchup against No. 9-seeded Georgia Institute of Technology — and other games during the second round March 21-22. It will also host more games during the Sweet Sixteen March 27-28. (via Team Indiana)
Indiana Farmers Coliseum
Originally called the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum, the Indiana Farmers Coliseum was constructed in the 1930s.  Several teams call the Coliseum home, including the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Jaguars and the Indy Fuel minor league hockey team.
Indiana Farmers Coliseum hosted six games during the first round of the tournament March 19-20, along with more games during the second round March 21-22.
Simon Skjodt Asssembly Hall (Indiana University)
Indiana University’s Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall opened its doors in 1971 and was renamed in 2016 to honor Cynthia Simon Skjodt, whose donations allowed for an extensive renovation in 2007.
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall hosted two of the First Four games of the tournament March 18 and four games in the first round March 19-20. 
Mackey Arena at Purdue University
Mackey Arena (Purdue University)
Home to the Purdue Boilermakers, Mackey Arena was constructed in 1965. Because of the domed aluminum roof, Mackey Arena is considered to be one of the loudest arenas in the country when it is at full capacity. 
Mackey Arena hosted two First Four games as well as four First Round games for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. 
2021 NCAA Tournament Venues
Visit Indy, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette, and Bloomington have worked together to bring March Madness 2021 to life
via Team Indiana

Even though we are halfway to a champion, there’s still time to see some of these facilities in action!

Check out the schedule below to see these awesome venues!

  • Sweet 16 – Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse
  • Elite Eight – Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30: Lucas Oil Stadium
  • Final Four – Saturday, April 3: Lucas Oil Stadium
  • NCAA Championship Game – Monday, April 5: Lucas Oil Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium is hosting the Elite Eight and Final Four of March Madness 2021

To learn more about how Indiana Sports Corp is working to advance Indianapolis through sports, watch our interview with their President, Ryan Vaughn.

For more information on Team Indiana and their array of destinations and facilities, or to reach out with questions, head to their Playeasy profile!

Indiana. Where Champions are Crowned.

For more than 40 years the Indiana Sports Corp has been a leading civic organization advancing our community through sports. Indiana Sports Corp has played host to over 450 national and international sporting events. These sporting events have led to over $4 billion in direct spending in the community over that time period. Indy has been and is currently home to a number sports organizations including but not limited to the NCAA, USA Football, USA Diving, USA Track and Field, USA Gymnastics, Horizon League, National Federation of High School Athletics and a host of professional sports organizations.

Team Indiana

Team Indiana is a statewide initiative led by Indiana Sports Corp to grow sports tourism and positive economic development in the state. The team is comprised of tourism representatives from more than 20 Indiana sports destinations, as well as industry partners and event owners. The collaborative nature of Team Indiana combined with state-of-the art-facilities and unparalleled service, make Indiana a premier sports event destination for local, national, and international rights holders. 

Team Indiana is a proud member of Indiana Sports Corp.

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