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Big Ten to allow limited fan attendance at 2021 men’s basketball tournament

If you have missed watching IU basketball in person this year, you will have a narrow opportunity to see the Hoosiers live next week.

The Big Ten announced on Thursday that it is allowing limited fan attendance at its 2021 men’s basketball tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.  Tickets will go on sale through the IU ticket office.

Based on the Big Ten standings, Indiana is locked in as no worse than the No. 10 seed, meaning that its first game in the event will be on next Thursday.  The Hoosiers will likely need to make a significant run at the event to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament, which also takes place in the Indianapolis area.

The full release from the Big Ten is below.

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

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.

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