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Fans Not Allowed to Attend NCAA March Madness Games

Fears of the Coronavirus have led the NCAA to lockout fans from this year’s basketball championship March Madness tournament.

From the NCAA:

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced Wednesday that the NCAA’s upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, will be played with only essential staff and limited family attendance.

“The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel,” Emmert said in a statement. “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.”

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Selection Sunday is scheduled for Sunday, March 15, with the First Four in Dayton set for March 17-18. The first round of the NCAA men’s tournament is Thursday, March 19. The women’s begins on Friday, March 20.

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