NCAA Bans Fans From Tournament
NCAA President Mark Emmert released a statement on Twitter announcing there will be limited attendance at this year’s March Madness Tournament because of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Emmert is limiting the attendance to select family and essential NCAA staff only.
This decision comes on the heels of the country of Italy deciding to play its soccer games in empty stadiums, France banning gatherings of over 1000, the Ivy League canceling its conference tournament and the Golden State Warriors deciding to play in an empty arena domestically.
The Crimson Tide is a long shot to make the NCAA tournament but Auburn will be invited to the tournament, this puts a damper on fans hoping to see their team play in the post season. Tonight’s SEC tournament games will go on as planned with fans in attendance. No decision has been made for the rest of the tournament in Nashville.
COVID-19 Coronavirus has been sweeping the globe and officials and decision makers have been forced to make difficult choices with the health of the public in mind. The SEC has stated there will be extra sanitary supplies for all the fans and participants in this weekend’s tournament.
The Crimson Tide is scheduled to play Tennessee at the Bridgestone Arena tomorrow at noon, we will update this story if those plans are changed.