It’s official. The Big Ten men’s basketball tournament has been relocated from the United Center in Chicago to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the Big Ten Conference announced today.
The Big Ten’s statement:
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 United Center and city of Chicago have played a vital role in the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament over the past two decades and the conference looks forward to the tournament returning to the United Center in 2023.
The Big Ten men’s tournament will be held from Wednesday, March 10 through Sunday, March 14.
The Big Ten women’s tournament will be held from Tuesday, March 9 through Saturday, March 13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.