Purdue University Northwest will host the 2021 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments. PNW says its facilities were key to attracting the conference tournaments to northwest Indiana.
The university says the men’s championship will be played at the Hammond Campus inside the Fitness & Recreation Center and the women’s championship at the Westville Campus at the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex. In addition, the Hammond Sportsplex will be utilized for practices.
“On behalf of the Pride of PNW, I am pleased to host this marquee event,” Director of Athletics Rick Costello said. “It is awesome to bring March Madness to Northwest Indiana. I look forward to providing a safe environment and an outstanding championship experience for the student-athletes in Westville and Hammond. We look forward to crowning the GLIAC tournament champions that will participate in the Women’s and Men’s NCAA Division II basketball tournament.”
PNW says each site will host four quarterfinal games on March 4, two semifinal games on March 5, and the finals will be played on March 7.
“This is exciting news for PNW’s students, faculty, staff, alumni and the entire Region because it shows national recognition of the investment we have made in our Athletics program and our facilities on both campuses,” said PNW Chancellor Thomas Keon. “Bringing the GLIAC basketball tournaments to Northwest Indiana will have a significant economic impact and shine a spotlight on our area and the university.”
The university says a new format will allow all 12 GLIAC institutions for both the Men’s and Women’s Tournament to participate. The opening round will be held at campus sites, with the advancing teams traveling to PNW for the remainder of the tournaments.
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