NCAA Limiting Access to All Championship Events Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

By John Morgan on March 11, 2020 at 6:11 pm

In response to the nationwide Coronavirus outbreak, NCAA President Mark Emmert announced on Wednesday that all upcoming championship events will be played in front of only essential personnel. This includes each of the men's and women's basketball, hockey, and wrestling tournaments 

As of now, the Big Ten has said this weekend's conference basketball tournament will proceed as planned with fans in attendance.

This will impact a trio of Penn State's teams as they enter championship season. The Nittany Lion basketball team is all but assured of its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2011 when the field is announced on Sunday evening. They will open the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night against the winner of Indiana vs. Nebraska on Wednesday.

Penn State hockey enters the post season as the top seed in the Big Ten Tournament. The Nittany Lions host Minnesota at Pegula Ice Arena on Saturday evening, but the building will be empty after the University announced is response to the outbreak. Should the Lions win on Saturday, they would host the Big Ten title game a week later, which would again be played in front of empty seats. Today's announcement from the NCAA also means that the regional site in Allentown will be empty for the national hockey tournament.

The Nittany Lion wrestling program will be sending a contingent to the NCAA Championship in Minneapolis from March 19-21, where the US Bank Stadium will be largely empty.


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