The NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Committee announced on Monday that the entire 2021 championship tournament would convene in a single geographic area due to public health concerns.
The decision requires the relocation of 13 preliminary round sites in cities that had hoped to benefit from an influx of tourist dollars to boost local economies, including Brooklyn, NY; Memphis, Tenn.; and Wichita, Kansas.
“We have learned so much from monitoring other successful sporting events in the last several months, and it became clear it’s not feasible to manage this complex championship in so many different states with the challenges presented by the pandemic,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball. “However, we are developing a solid plan to present a safe, responsible and fantastic March Madness tournament unlike any other we’ve experienced.”
NCAA SVP Dan Gavitt & Committee Chair Mitch Barnhart provide insight into the decision to move the 2021 NCAA Tournament to one geographic area.