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Big Ten Announces It Will Allow Limited Fan Attendance At Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments

Big Ten allowing fans for the first time in nearly a full calendar year

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Progress!

This morning the Big Ten announced that it will actually allow fans to show up in person to some basketball games.

The limited fan capacity for the Men’s Tournament will be capped at 8,000 attendees. The men’s tournament will be held at Lucas Indoor Stadium which has a capacity of 70,000. If you do the math.

Carry the one.

Drop the two

Bang the three.

That equals 11% capacity.

The Women’s Basketball Tournament is going to be held at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse which has a capacity of 20,000. If you do the math.

Carry the three.

Pop the two.

Win by one.

That equals 13% capacity.

Here is the statement from the University on the Men’s Tournament announcement:

Rosemont, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference will allow a limited number of fans to attend the 2021 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament presented by SoFi, which will be played March 10-14 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Following approval by the Marion County Health Department, the decision to allow a limited capacity of 8,000 attendees was made jointly by the Big Ten Conference Directors of Athletics and the Council of President and Chancellors in consultation with the conference office.

A limited number of tickets will go on sale through each school’s ticket office. Further information will be distributed by university ticket offices, including a discounted student ticket program. Additional details can be found at http://www.bigten.org/mbbt.

The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will utilize mobile tickets only. Stadium gates will open one hour prior to each session of the tournament to accommodate early arriving fans.

Fans attending the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament are encouraged to become familiar with health and safety procedures at Lucas Oil Stadium. The venue has instituted numerous health and safety procedures for all events, including requirements for fans and stadium employees on game days. These procedures were designed to meet local and CDC guidelines to help limit the spread of COVID-19 as the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, officials, fans and campus communities remain our highest priority.

For more details on Lucas Oil Stadium’s health and safety protocols and additional details on ticket sales, please visit http://www.bigten.org/mbbt.

Here’s the statement on the Big Ten’s Website regarding the Women’s Tournament announcement:

The Big Ten Conference will allow a limited number of fans to attend the 2021 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, which will be played March 9-13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Following approval by the Marion County Health Department, the decision to allow a limited capacity of 2,500 attendees was made jointly by the Big Ten Conference Directors of Athletics and the Council of President and Chancellors in consultation with the conference office.

A limited number of single-session tickets will go on sale to the general public through Ticketmaster on Thursday, March 4 at Noon ET. Further details can be found at http://www.bigten.org/wbbt.

The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament will utilize mobile tickets only. Arena gates will open one hour prior to each session of the tournament to accommodate early arriving fans.

Fans attending the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament are encouraged to become familiar with health and safety procedures at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The venue has instituted numerous health and safety procedures for all events, including requirements for fans and arena employees on game days. These procedures were designed to meet local and CDC guidelines to help limit the spread of COVID-19 as the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, officials, fans and campus communities remain our highest priority.

For more details on Bankers Life Fieldhouse’s health and safety protocols and additional details on ticket sales, please visit http://www.bigten.org/wbbt.