Game Changer! Fans Banned From Attending NCAA Women’s And Men’s Tournaments Over Coronavirus

For the first time in my lifetime, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will not have arenas filled with fans. According to the report, only essential staff and limited family will be allowed to attend.

On Wednesday, Mark Emmert, NCAA president announced both NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will be closed to fans out of concern over the coronavirus.

As of Wednesday, there have been 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the United States leading to 31 deaths, per

The decision comes after the NCAA advisory panel announced it has recommended against keeping sporting events open to the public as a precaution to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

“We do believe sport events can take place with only essential personnel and limited family attendance, and this protects our players, employees, and fans,” the panel’s statement added. The advisory panel was established earlier this month, consisting of NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline as well as several other doctors and athlete liaisons. [BleacherReport]

The Ivy League had already canceled its men’s postseason basketball tournament earlier this week, which is different from the NCAA March Madness tournament. Harvard, the regular-season winner will represent the Ivy League in the NCAA tournament.

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