NCAA To Have No Fan Attendance At The Tournament Due to Coronavirus

NCAA To Have No Fan Attendance At The Tournament Due to Coronavirus

While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States.

The NCAA has not yet defined what positions are considered "essential staff", and it did not clarify which championship events would be affected outside of the men's and women's basketball national tournaments.

The men's and women's NCAA Tournaments will be played without fans, the NCAA announced Wednesday, in response to growing concerns over the coronavirus. "Today, we will move forward and conduct championships consistent with the current information and will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed".

The NCAA basketball tournaments are on - for now - though the buzzer-beaters, upsets and all the other shining moments will take place in mostly empty arenas.

Conferences of schools are playing this week in tournaments to decide national tournament berths, with the Mid-American Conference closing its matches in Cleveland to spectators and the Big West Conference doing the same in Anaheim, California.

Emmert said the NCAA also was looking into moving the men's Final Four from Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium to a smaller arena. The NCAA also will consider using smaller venues for second-week regional sites now set to be played at the Toyota Center in Houston, Madison Square Garden in New York, Staples Center in Los Angeles and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The 68-team men's tournament bracket, millions of copies of which are filled out in office pools and on-line contests each year, will be established on Sunday.

The NBA became the first major American sports league to suspend play because of the coronavirus pandemic, raising questions Wednesday night about the future of college basketball's March Madness and other pro sports.

In meeting with the media on Wednesday, Ohio State men's basketball coach Chris Holtmann said that they have been keeping their players updated on what is a very fluid situation.

Sacramento was scheduled to host first and second round men's games at the Golden 1 Center. The second weekend's regional sites in Houston, Los Angeles, Indianapolis and NY could also be moved. OH is set to host both the First Four round in Dayton as well as first and second round games in Cleveland.

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