TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - The SEC announced Wednesday night that fans are not allowed to attend the men’s basketball tournament this week in Nashville or any on-campus athletic events until at least March 30.
The decision comes in wake of the coronavirus pandemic and is complemented with the NCAA placing the same restrictions on its tournament the NBA suspending its season indefinitely.
The attendance restriction begins on March 12. It includes all athletic events on campus for Alabama and Auburn.
The SEC issued a statement from SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey:
“In light of recent developments beyond our control related to the spread of the coronavirus, including a recommendation from the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel, and after consultation with our member universities, we have made the difficult decision to hold the 2020 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament in Nashville without spectators beginning with games of Thursday, March 12. Effective immediately, the policy will also apply to other SEC Championship events and on-campus regular season games scheduled through at least the end of March.
“After conferring with local and national health authorities, we remain confident in our ability to safeguard the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and other staff who will be participating as well as the limited number of family members and media who will be in attendance at the tournament.
“We regret the inconvenience and disappointment this decision has caused our fans, especially those who have already travelled to Nashville for the tournament.”
This weekend’s Elevate the Stage event in Birmingham between the Alabama and Auburn gymnastic teams is also facing the same restrictions. Only family members are allowed to be in the stands.
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