PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Big 12 and Big Ten basketball tournaments will proceed without fans beginning with Thursday’s games, following the lead of the NCAA Tournament in barring anybody but family and essential personnel.
Each conference started Wednesday’s tournament games with fans in attendance.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Wednesday Kicks Off Run Of Frigid Cold Temperatures
Going forward, Big 12 teams will be allowed 125 tickets on a game-by-game basis beginning with Thursday’s quarterfinals at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The arena will be cleared after each game. The tickets will go to guests of student-athletes and staff members, but pep bands, cheerleaders and dance teams won’t be allowed.
At the Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis, attendance starting Thursday will be limited to student-athletes, coaches, event staff, essential team and conference staff, TV network partners, credentialed media and immediate family members of the participating teams.READ MORE: Tablet Time: How Much Is Too Much Screen Time For Your Child?
The Big 12 policy also will be in place for its women’s tournament, which begins Thursday night in Kansas City.
“The attempt is to absolutely minimize the number of people here but still find a way to conduct events and actually get the opportunity to play games,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsy said.MORE NEWS: Planning Commission Delays Vote On East Liberty Development Project
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine will issue rules ordering there be no large gatherings in the state due to the coronavirus, including NCAA Tournament games.