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NCAA tournament games to be played without fans due to coronavirus

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will not be open to the general public because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

Emmert says he made the decision to conduct both the men's and women's tournaments with only essential staff and limited family in attendance.

The decision comes after the NCAA's COVID-19 advisory panel recommended against playing sporting events open to the general public. The tournaments begin next week.

The NCAA tweeted the following statement Wednesday afternoon: 

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 or 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 our 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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