The state of Indiana will be hosting fans in basketball venues very soon.
You heard that right.
March Madness, which will be hosted across Indiana at various venues, will allow 25% capacity at the venues.
The NCAA will allow up to 25% capacity for the 2021 men’s basketball tournament, for all rounds, it announced Friday. https://t.co/3kQkUqw1PT
— Journal & Courier (@jconline) February 19, 2021
That means, in the first time in over a year this March, Mackey Arena will have fans.
While COVID is still a major problem in the United States – the NCAA believes with the continued acceleration of vaccinations, continued herd immunity occurring and the ability to spread fans out, 25% is doable.
I tend to agree. I don’t know how much I would pay to see Purdue play this March. But, I will be honest, it would probably be a decent hunk of change.
This brings a sense of normalcy to the Hoosier State, which has seen a continued improvement in the Covid-19 situation.
For one, I am extremely happy for the players, not just at Purdue, but all that will be involved in the tournament. They will get venues 25% full, where in most cases, have been empty all year. (Unless you are in Texas or Florida basically)
While Purdue won’t host a game at Mackey, all signs are pointing that we will be in the Big Dance and it will obviously be somewhere in Indiana. I am excited for Boilermakers statewide to get an opportunity to see our young team in the tournament. They have earned and deserved it, even with a small amount of attendees.
This is great news, the NCAA has been one of the more precautious organizations when it comes to fans coming to games. This shows a strong confidence in the direction of the pandemic, again, in my opinion.