Coronavirus concerns cause MAC to restrict tournament attendance


Tony Dejak | Associated Press

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine gives an update at MetroHealth Medical Center on the state’s preparedness and education efforts to limit the potential spread of a new virus which caused a disease called COVID-19, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

DeKALB — After the Ivy League announced it had canceled its basketball tournament due to the threat of the COVID-19, the Mid-American Conference announced changes to its basketball tournaments Tuesday.

The MAC men’s and women’s tournaments will continue as scheduled, however, a restricted attendance policy will be implemented for the events at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.

Only credentialed institutional personnel, student-athlete family members, credentialed media and official team party members will be permitted to attend the tournament, according to a statement released by MAC Associate Commissioner Ken Mather.

The policy was put into place following the recommendation of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, who issued a statement urging indoor athletic events to limit public access.

The tournaments will run Wednesday through Saturday.