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Proposal could bring 'bubble' college basketball tournament to Indianapolis

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Posted at 7:11 PM, Sep 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-19 19:13:04-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A new proposal presented by the Indiana Sports Corp. could bring a single-site or "bubble" college basketball tournament to Indianapolis this winter.

The cost would start at $90,000 per team and would cover officials for each game, 20 hotel rooms, food service vouchers, airport transportation, COVID-19 testing, and team lounges for meetings and activities, according to the proposal.

Indiana Sports Corp., Russ Potts Productions, Inc., and Intersport partnered to create the proposal, and the Marion County Public Health Department helped develop health and safety plans.

"The reality is college basketball, now more than ever, can be a beacon of light in the turbulent waters of 2020," the proposal read. "This truly is a critical moment for college athletics, and college basketball."

Indiana Convention Center halls would transform into two courts for competition available for television broadcast, six courts for practice, and locker rooms, according to the proposal.

Players, coaches, and members of the traveling party will have to be tested for COVID-19 before they are able to participate in the single-site activities, according to the proposal. Teams will be tested for COVID-19 every day and temperature screening checks will be required for people entering the convention center.

Masks will be required when traveling to and from the convention center and once inside, according to the proposal.

Cleaning measures, like sanitizing, UVC air filtration systems, and portable ultraviolet devices, will be used to help keep the single-site clean, according to the proposal.