The Big Ten announced earlier today that they are moving the 2021 Big Ten Tournament to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The event was originally set to take place at the United Center in Chicago.
The 2021 Big Ten Tournament will be held from March 10th to the 14th, with Lucas Oil Stadium now set to host both the men and women’s conference tournaments. The decision was made in part to streamline the medical protocols for each event and to make it easier to accommodate all schools safely.
Earlier in the day the Big Ten issued a statement on the decision to relocate the tournament:
The decision to relocate the tournament to Indianapolis was based on multiple factors. First and foremost was the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, officials and conference constituents. Hosting both the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in the same city allows for cohesive testing and medical protocols for both events, as well as centralized accommodations surrounding the competition venues.
The Big Ten Conference is grateful to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the city of Chicago and our partners at the United Center and the Chicago Sports Commission for their flexibility and to Indiana Sports Corp, Lucas Oil Stadium and the city of Indianapolis for being able to assist our basketball teams during these unprecedented times.
The Big Ten Tournament will return to the United Center in 2023.