NCAA and MVC Differ on Plans to Limit Fan Attendance at Upcoming Basketball Championships

Mar 11, 2020

The atmosphere at this spring's NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments will have an unusual feel to them.

After consulting with public health officials and the COVID-19 advisory panel, NCAA President Mark Emmert announced Wednesday the basketball championships will go on as scheduled, but with only essential staff and limited family attendance due to fears about the spread of the virus.

He says the decision is based on the best interest of the student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans.

Emmert says the NCAA will continue to monitor the situation and make further adjustments if needed.

Meanwhile, the Missouri Valley Conference says it currently plans to play its women's basketball tournament in the Quad Cities this weekend without any adjustment to those who may attend.

The Valley says this decision is based on the advice of local health officials, Taxslayer Center in Moline and the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The league says strong preventative measures are being taken at the arena and local hotels to ensure the health and safety of the teams and their fans.

Sections of the upper bowl at the arena will be opened for those who would prefer social distancing.