NCAA announces no fans will be in attendance for all NCAA postseason tournaments


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Matt Belinson

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced Wednesday afternoon in a press release that all NCAA postseason tournaments will be held without fans in attendance. 

Only “essential staff and limited family attendance” will be allowed attendance at the events outside of the competing teams. At the time of this report, there is no indication if media is considered a part of the “essential staff.”

The announcement comes as COVID-19 has spread to at least 1,000 confirmed cases in the U.S. and at least 118,000 cases worldwide according to WHO (World Health Organization).

The spread of COVID-19 forced multiple Division I conferences to shut down conference tournaments all together or hold tournaments without fans in attendance. Some conferences announced that conference tournaments would be held and are still allowing fans in attendance for their conference tournaments. 

The announcement of banning all fans in attendance will impact the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament and the NCAA Wrestling Tournament, which was originally scheduled to take place in Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium March 19-21.

More updates will be made as more information is given.