The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets won the ACC tournament on Sunday 2021, defeating the Florida State Seminoles (80-75) at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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The Hoyas are now waiting for their fate in the NCAA tournament, which they will discover on Selection Sunday.
To play 67 games over three weeks in Indiana, the NCAA is taking over four hotels, five arenas, an NFL stadium, and an entire convention center. Teams will, for the most part, in front of the public, including friends and family, from the time they get on buses and planes that take them to Indianapolis until they’re either eliminated or won the whole thing on April 5th at Lucas Oil Stadium , protected.
As long as they play, they will work under strict protocols and tight schedules.
Everyone gets a hotel room. Each team has its own floor in a hotel and a room in the congress center. For guidance, Gavitt said the NCAA reached out to professional leagues like the NBA and NHL, which successfully hosted limited local playoffs last year.
Just don’t call it a bubble.
“Well, we used the words ‘controlled environment’,” said Gavitt.
Each member of a team’s 34-person tour group – 75 – must pass seven negative COVID-19 tests before heading to Indianapolis. At least one of these seven tests must be a PCR test, which is considered to be the most accurate.
Mount St. Mary’s began testing on Saturday in case it received a bid and is one of 10 teams expected to arrive in Indianapolis on Saturday. The 17 teams that are supposed to secure places in conference tournaments this weekend are due on Sunday. The rest of the field must be in town by Monday. The first four games are planned for next Thursday and the first round for the next day.
The NCAA usually pays for teams that travel to tournament venues by charter bus or plane. This year, those agreements include socially distant seating plans approved by Indiana public health officials, as well as personal protective equipment such as N95 masks and goggles to be worn while traveling.
There will be no food or drink service on airplanes. Bus drivers are being tested for COVID-19.
“Because you don’t want there to be a potential contact-traceable event on the plane,” said Dr. Brian Hainline, NCAA’s chief medical officer.
Upon arrival in Indianapolis, players, coaches and other team personnel will be tested for COVID-19 and are expected to be quarantined until the test result is returned. Then they are retested and placed back in quarantine until the result is available again. Players will wear devices that keep track of who they’ve been in close proximity with to aid in contact tracing – which everyone hopes isn’t necessary.
The daily tests will continue throughout the tournament. Those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 will continue to be tested, Hainline said. Those who previously tested positive are exempt from surveillance testing for 90 days after their positive test, which is in line with CDC guidelines.
According to Hainline, testing not only provides valuable virus monitoring, but also sets the tone for the event. As throughout the pandemic, individual behavior and adherence to protocols will ultimately determine success.
“I think it has now been taken to a whole different level as there can only be a mistake in terms of physical distancing and masking when you are on the pitch or active in training and competition,” said Hainline.
From a logistical point of view, the first week will be by far the greatest challenge. When the second round is completed on March 22nd, only 16 teams will start and all will be relocated to a hotel. You can stretch out in the convention center as the meeting rooms expand, but vigilance continues.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)