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The NCAA Tournament Will Be Held Without Fans In Attendance Due To The Coronavirus
by TD Staff Reporter
March 11, 20201 Comments
Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
NCAA President Mark Emmert announced Wednesday afternoon that the Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament will be held without fans in attendance due to the Coronavirus.
NCAA President Mark Emmert's statement on limiting attendance at NCAA events
March 11, 2020 4:29pm
The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel. Based on their advice and my discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance. 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. This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes. We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families. Today, we will move forward and conduct championships consistent with the current information and will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed.
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