NCAA to allow fans at March Madness tournament

Capacity to be capped at 25%
NCAA court inside Sprint Center
Posted at 11:11 AM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 12:11:40-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There's good news for college basketball fans: The National Collegiate Athletic Association will allow fans at the 2021 March Madness tournament.

The NCAA announced Friday that fans will be allowed at all rounds of the tournament, including the Final Four.

Capacity will be capped at 25% at all six venues hosting games in Indiana.

“We continue to use the knowledge we have gained over the season on how to conduct games in a safe environment,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “I want to thank our host universities and conferences, the Indiana State Health Department, and the leaders in the Marion, Monroe and Tippecanoe county health departments as they help make that possible."

Fans attending the game will have to follow COVID-19 safety protocols that the NCAA created in conjunction with local health authorities.

In early January, the NCAA announced all 67 tournament games would be played at venues in Indiana.

In the Kansas City area, two teams are still fighting to punch their ticket into the NCAA Tournament.

The No. 20-ranked University of Missouri men's basketball team is on a three-game losing skid but hopes to turn things around Saturday against the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

The No. 23-ranked University of Kansas men's basketball team is on a four-game winning streak. They next play the No. 15-ranked Texas Tech University Red Raiders on Saturday.