2022 March Madness: Which Games Are Taking Place In Indianapolis?

Posted on February 23, 2022

Indianapolis will not be hosting the entire March Madness tournament this season. Despite that, there will still be some games taking place in Indy this year.

That’s likely music to your ears if you’re a college basketball fan in Indiana.

Early March Madness games Indianapolis

Hoosiers have a few different options for March Madness games in Indianapolis this year.

Fans can catch part of the first and second rounds of the 2022 tournament in Indy. Gainbridge Fieldhouse, the home of the Indiana Pacers, is hosting the action.

Those games will be taking place on March 17 and March 19.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to know which teams will be hitting the hardwood for those games.

Selection Sunday will play a big role in the potential matchups, so college basketball fans around the country will be keeping an eye on the March 13 bracket reveal.

Indiana hoops fans will be able to buy tickets to the Gainbridge games. If you plan on attending in person, then be sure you’re up-to-date on the Gainbridge COVID protocols.

Indiana loves to host events

It’s no secret that Hoosiers love basketball, and that love makes Indy the perfect location to host March Madness games.

Since Indianapolis is in the heart of basketball country, the city is no stranger to being front and center during the NCAA Tournament action.

Stadiums in the Indianapolis area have hosted Final Four games since 1980. A handful of championship games have taken place in the city as well.

Plus, Indianapolis hosted the entire March Madness tournament in 2021. That’s a clear demonstration of the trust that the college basketball community has in the city.

Indy has a great track record with large sporting events. In other words, the city will likely be hosting more NCAA Tournament games in the future.

The Men’s Final Four will be returning to Indianapolis in 2026, so Hoosiers will have to wait a few years for the later rounds.

2021 tournament in Indy

The pandemic created a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Hoosiers last year. The NCAA Tournament doesn’t typically take place all in one city.

For example, 14 different cities are hosting March Madness games this season. The games in Indianapolis are only a small portion of the overall action.

It’s very unlikely that we’ll ever see another tournament like 2021’s. Indianapolis certainly had its time in the spotlight with teams from all over the country flooding in for the games.

Arenas like Gainbridge and Lucas Oil Stadium hosted most of the action last year. A few games even spilled over to West Lafayette and Bloomington.

2022 might not be the same all-in-one experience for basketball fans, but at least there are still games taking place in Indianapolis this year.

It won’t be long before Indy has more games to host in the future, so fans likely won’t be waiting for long.

In the meantime, a handful of early tournament games and teams like Purdue basketball will be giving Hoosiers something to get excited for.

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Jake Garza is a US Gambling Industry Analyst for Catena Media. He specializes in Midwest sports betting and casino content. Prior to covering the legal gambling industry, he spent time as a professional sports writer, reporting on teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers. Garza is currently working as a Managing Editor for PlayIndiana and PlayOhio, with previous stops at other well-known brands such as PlayIllinois and PlayMichigan. He has been covering the gambling industry since 2019, and currently works with a team of other journalists to provide comprehensive coverage of the legal U.S. gambling industry.

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