COVID-19 Coronavirus Fears Will Keep Fans Out Of NCAA Championship Events

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COVID-19 Coronavirus Fears Will Keep Fans Out Of NCAA Championship Events


KANSAS CITY – As responses to the declared coronavirus pandemic mounted, the momentum reached the NCAA, at times one of the most hidebound and slow-moving bureacracies on the planet. The organization announced this afternoon that fans will not be permitted to attend NCAA Championship events in the near future, including both the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

“The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panelBased 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.”

In the statement, Emmert noted that only “essential staff and limited family members” would be allowed to attend the events.

Left unclear is the status of media, and whether or not they will be considered essential.

The announcement, followed hard on the heels of one from the NCAA’s advisory panel on the pandemic. That statement, which came out just minutes before Emmert’s recommended against sporting events open to the public.

Statement from the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel

The NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel recognizes the fluidity of COVID-19 and its impact on hosting events in a public space. COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in the United States, and behavioral risk mitigation strategies are the best option for slowing the spread of this disease. This is especially important because mildly symptomatic individuals can transmit COVID-19. Given these considerations, coupled with a more unfavorable outcome of COVID-19 in older adults – especially those with underlying chronic medical conditions – we recommend against sporting events open to the public. We do believe sport events can take place with only essential personnel and limited family attendance, and this protects the players, employees, and fans.

According to Ralph Russo of the Associated Press consideration may be given to moving some games to smaller venues in the same cities.


The status of the Big 12 men’s and women’s basketball championships was still the same as of 4:00 p.m. CT, with no statements on whether fans would be banned. Currently, fans are set to attend Wednesday night’s opening round games at the Sprint Center. That could change quickly, however. There is currently a split on fan attendance at conference tournaments, with the MAC and the Big West banning attendance, but the Big East, SEC and Big Ten confirming that fans can attend — at least for now.

West Virginia is scheduled to host the Big 12 gymnastics championships at the WVU Coliseum on Saturday March 21. The rifle team is scheduled to compete in the Championships in Lexington, Kentucky, this weeked. The status of those events are still under discussion by West Virginia officials. WVU, according to information from a source with knowledge of the situation, controls the decision of whether or not to hold the gymnastics event.

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    #114203

    IMO this is getting blown way out of reality.  May as well shut the country down completely.  And build the wall to keep everybody out.

    #114206

    I’m in Lexington with tickets for the Rifle Championships that I’ve looked forward to for a year.  Even if there’s no changes I’m inclined, being almost 80, to stay home and watch on my laptop.  Just watched WVU Baseball beat Liberty, mirrored from the tablet to my 50″ TV . 

    Technology is great for us geezers. 

    Let’s Goooooo, MOUNTAINEERS!

    #114234

    Butlereer,

    I wish it were blown out of reality.  This may be the most serious health threat since the inappropriately named Spanish Flu a century ago.

     

    #114246

    I work in healthcare management, and while some are in panic mode, shutting down attendance at large events is a wise decision.  It will flatten out the curve of spread.  Hospitals will struggle with capacity issues so anything we can do to slow the progression is good.

    #114253

    That’s likely a contributing reason to shutting down WVU. The hospital is the major center for the northern half of the state, and not having to deal with the potential of many sick students helps clear they way for those in the community.

    Just one of many items that people don’t consider.

    I understand the feeling on both sides of panic\overreaction vs. seriousness, and as in most debates there are valid points on both sides. I don’t see big negatives, though, even if this is overblown, which I don’t think it is.

    #114256

    The chances that March Madness is cancelled altogether is about 99.9%, in my opinion.

    #114262

    I’m not quite to Jeff’s level yet, but I am strongly trending in that direction. And at any moment, we could arrive there.

    #114265

    If anything happens it will be the tournament gets suspended along with the other NCAA championships with potential of cancellation which will be determined by how this situation changes.  It’s my opinion and have experience with these events and the all the excitement, emotion, glory and heartache aren’t worth jeopardizing peoples lives.

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