Credit Source: Indiana State University Athletics
Sycamores to Face East Carolina to Open 2020-21 as Gulf Coast Showcase Field Revealed
ESTERO, Fla. – Indiana State basketball can now put an opponent with a date as the Gulf Coast Showcase tournament field has officially been announced. The Sycamores will faceoff with East Carolina to open the 2020-21 season November 25 in Estero, Florida. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET from the #BeachBubble inside Hertz Arena.
Indiana State will matchup with either Austin Peay or Omaha for their second game in the Showcase on November 26. Other teams in the tournament field include East Tennessee State, Abilene Christian, Akron and Middle Tennessee. The full tournament bracket can be found HERE.
Semifinal games will be played at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night and Friday’s championship game will tip at 8 p.m. All 12 games will be streamed live and will also be available on-demand on FloHoops.com.
Health and Safety Plan
bdG Sports, the organizer of the Showcase, has implemented a comprehensive health and safety plan as part of the #BeachBubble. The plan includes:
- COVID-19 testing antigen and antibody testing prior to arrival in Southwest Florida
- Rapid antigen testing provided by Summit One Source upon arrival and throughout the stay
- The availability of rapid PCR testing with a three-hour turnaround time to confirm any positive tests from the antigen testing
- Daily medical screenings which include self-evaluations and temperature screenings
- Implementation of Loop Insights’ contract tracing through the “wallet” feature on cell phones
- Social distancing and mask requirements in public spaces at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point and the game venue
- Enhanced cleaning protocols at the resort, game venues and on local ground transportation
There will be no general fan access for the Gulf Coast Showcase games and tickets will not be available to the general public. A limited number of “Spectator Credentials” will be supplied to each team. A requirement to receiving these team-issued credentials, all individuals will receive a COVID-19 rapid antigen test at the event’s medical center at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point.
Complete #BeachBubble event information can be found at http://gulfcoastshowcase.com