Purdue University Northwest has been selected as the host institution for the 2021 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments.
PNW’s outstanding facilities attracted the GLIAC to have the tournament played in Northwest Indiana. 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 state-of-the-art Hammond Sportsplex will be utilized for practices.
Both sites will host four quarterfinal games on Thursday, March 4, two semifinal games on Friday, March 5, and the finals will be played on Sunday, March 7.
“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 Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said the selection of Purdue Northwest as the GLIAC tournament host demonstrates the extensive, positive impact of the university to the Northwest Indiana community.
“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,” Keon said. “Bringing the GLIAC basketball tournaments to Northwest Indiana will have a significant economic impact and shine a spotlight on our area and the university.”
A new format will allow all 12 GLIAC institutions for both the Men's and Women's Tournament to participate. The opening round will take place at campus sites, with the advancing teams traveling to Purdue Northwest for the remainder of the tournaments. PNW will lend its staff to assist the conference with tournament operations.
With the safety of student-athletes and coaching staffs at the forefront of this decision, the GLIAC reached a determination to conduct the tournaments with only essential staff, and no fan attendance. The tournaments will follow the GLIAC Safety Requirements for Competition, which call for testing of student-athletes, masking, and sanitization of venues before and after competition.
The GLIAC is one of the most competitive conferences in NCAA Division II and Commissioner Kris Dunbar is grateful to PNW for hosting this year's postseason event.
"This tournament is a big undertaking, and PNW has a great team of administrators committed to facilitating 14 games in a safe and fun environment," Dunbar said.
All games played at both campus locations can be viewed live on pay-per-view streaming, and will also be made available on-demand, through PNW’s partnership with JED TV.
Purdue University Northwest Athletics
Purdue Northwest Athletics consists of 300 student athletes and 15 sports and is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and NCAA Division II. Intercollegiate athletic teams are fielded in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s golf, softball and baseball. PNW Esports is in its first year of varsity competition. Men’s Ice Hockey is offered as a non-varsity sport. Purdue Northwest has recently developed new basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, baseball, tennis, esports and ice hockey facilities. For more information on the Purdue University Northwest Athletics program please go to www.PNWathletics.com.
Purdue University Northwest
Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago, PNW values academic excellence, supports growth, and celebrates diversity. For more information about PNW, visit www.pnw.edu.
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), founded in 1972, has been a leader in the advancement and promotion of intercollegiate athletics for men and women for 48 years. The charter members of the GLIAC were Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Lake Superior State University, Northwood University, and Saginaw State University. The current membership now includes 12 full members: Ashland University, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University, Northwood University, Purdue University Northwest, Saginaw Valley State University, Wayne State University, and the University of Wisconsin Parkside. The Conference has grown to offer championships in 21 sports while rising to prominence on the national level as GLIAC teams and student-athletes have achieved success both in the classroom and in the fields of play.