NCAA Championships Limit Attendance to ‘Essential Staff and Limited Family’ Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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The NCAA has announced that future 2020 winter NCAA championships will be limited to essential staff and limited family in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

That includes the men’s and women’s swimming championships as well as basketball tournaments.

NCAA President Mark Emmert released this statement:

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 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.

The NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships begin March 18 in Athens, Georgia.

The NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships begin March 25 in Indianapolis.

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Here is a statement on the NCAA Championships from the NCAA 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.

31 comments

    • Katrina Schlicht

      Sharon Brian 😲 trying to work out what limited family means

    • Stephen Moloney

      Katrina Schlicht entry to a limited family or are the numbers of family members limited to particular immediate family, perhaps defined ?

    • Sharon Brian

      Stephen Moloney Katrina Schlicht is there anything I can do for you from here?

    • Sharon Brian

      Talk this morning if potentially closing out borders 😳
      St Caths senior school trialling remote schooling from Monday. Kids will log into classes from home 😷

  1. Michelle P Nicholos

    Better than March Madness playing without any in attendance!!!

    • Heather York DiFulvio

      Michelle P Nicholos That’s what this means. March Madness tournaments will not include large crowds. All NCAA championships are affected.

    • Michelle P Nicholos

      Heather York DiFulvio the title reads “limited family” – the post for March Madness read “no one admitted for attendance”. I considered “some family” to be different from “no one”

  2. Karin Knudson O

    will this be in affect for the mens and women’s NCAA meets the next few weeks as well?

  3. Kara Muscillo

    Just feel terrible for all these athletes

    • Maudjah Henriquez Francis

      Kara Muscillo it’s so tricky! I feel bad for the athletes but will feel worse if we get sick!

    • Kara Muscillo

      Maudjah Henriquez Francis .so trying to stay positive that things will subside and people will take the obvious precautions

    • Kara Muscillo

      Maudjah Henriquez Francis yup saw that… I’m so glad luc has many more opportunities to show his skill!

    • Maudjah Henriquez Francis

      Kara Muscillo well other countries took a few weeks after full shutdowns. I feel like it hasn’t even peaked yet here. Let’s see….