With news breaking that the NCAA Tournament will be played without fans due to the Coronavirus, we should expect to see games being played in smaller venues than the ones currently scheduled.
Take for example the Final Four, which is set to be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta (GA), which seats over 70,000 fans. But with no fans going to games, the need for big arenas goes away.
NCAA president Mark Emmert just announced that the NCAA is already looking to move the Final Four, and possibly regional sites, into smaller venues. It does sound like the First and Second Round games will still be played at the currently scheduled locations.
Mark Emmert says the NCAA is looking to move the Final Four out of Mercedes-Benz Stadium into a smaller venue in Atlanta.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) March 11, 2020
Regional sites could also be moved from the currently scheduled arenas to smaller venues in same cities.
The plan is to keep sites for the 1st round as is.
It does sound like games will still be played in the same city, so if the Kentucky Wildcats make the Final Four, it will likely take place in Catlanta.
Of course, that’s still a ways away, and who knows if NCAA Tournament games will even still be played by then.