The football field is covered up inside Lucas Oil Stadium as the venue gets everything in order for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, which is set to be contested throughout central Indiana next month.
Lucas Oil Stadium director Eric Neuburger said the stadium is essentially being split in two for first and second-round games.
“We’re going to operate like two distinct venues,” he told WISH-TV. “You will see a current that separates the two courts at the 50-yard line, as well as other ways that we separate the concourses.”
Neuburger said this will make it easier for Lucas Oil staff members to keep everything clean as they make sure to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“The team at Lucas Oil Stadium is thrilled to be hosting this,” he added. Our staff has been waiting a long time to be putting on an event of this scale.”
“We have the benefit of having a staff that came over from the Hoosier Dome and RCA Dome before this venue was built. There’s a lot of institutional knowledge of hosting Final Fours in those venues as early as 1991.”
Lucas Oil will be allowing fans up to 25% capacity inside for tournament games. The stadium seats just north of 70,000 people.
Selection Sunday is Mar. 14 and games will get going in the days that follow. First and second-round games will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, and Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, as well as Mackey Arena in West Lafayette and Assembly Hall in Bloomington.