Get ready for March Madness without fans.
In a statement released Wednesday, based on a recommendation from the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel, NCAA president Mark Emmert announced that no fans would be allowed to attend NCAA Tournament games to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“Only essential staff and limited family attendance” will be permitted, the statement said.
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) March 11, 2020
There have been numerous cancellations due to the spread of the virus, but this is the biggest one yet.
It also felt inevitable after the state of Ohio, which is slated to host tounrnament games, banned large events. Expect an incredibly eerie atmosphere at one of the biggest sporting events of the year.