The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee has announced the relocation of 13 predetermined preliminary round sites for the 2021 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, including Wichita's Intrust Bank Arena.
The NCAA says it plans to hold the entire 2021 men's college basketball tournament in one geographic location to mitigate the risks of COVID-19. It is in talks with Indianapolis to be the host city. The Final Four is already set to be held in Indianapolis next year.
The association said it is relocating early-round games that had been scheduled to be played at 13 already-determined sites. The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee said hosting all 68 teams in one place would “enhance the safety and well-being of the event.”
The 13 sites missing out in 2021 include Wichita, Boise, Dallas, Detroit, Providence, Lexington, Raleigh, San Jose, Denver, Minneapolis, Brooklyn, Memphis, and Dayton.
Wichita last hosted NCAA men's basketball tournament games in 2018, which brought the tournament back to Wichita for the first time in 24 years.
Wichita is also scheduled to host NCAA men's basketball tournament games in 2025.