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NCAA still planning on have fans in attendance for 2020 NCAA tournament

COVID-19 has raised concerns about sporting events, but for the time being, the 2020 NCAA basketball tournament is expected to take place in front of fans.

Fans begin to file into the arena prior to the basketball game between the Wichita State Shockers and the Houston Cougars at Charles Koch Arena. William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports

The NCAA Tournament gets started in just over a week, and in spite of concerns about the coronavirus, the NCAA plans to have the full tournament played in front of fans. Dan Gavitt, the senior VP of NCAA basketball told CBS on Sunday, March 8th, that they are still planning on this as of today.

“At this time, we are definitively planning on running the tournament at all 14 sites with fans, from the First Four in Dayton through the Final Four in Atlanta.”

Gavitt said the CDC did not suggest a need to play with no fans, but as we have seen with COVID-19, plenty can change. It remains a fluid situation across the globe, and with more cases arising, it will be something to track between now and the tip of the First Four on March 17th.

For the time being, we still have a host of conference tournaments going on in front of live crowds. Nothing has changed with that.