NCAA Coronavirus: Men’s, Women’s NCAA Tournaments to be held without fans; ACC Tournament will proceed as planned for Wednesday night

Greensboro — As the world of sports is working to grapple with how to handle coronavirus (COVID-19), the NCAA made a significant move on Wednesday. The NCAA announced that this year’s men’s and women’s tournaments will take place without fans. According to a statement from NCAA President Mark Emmert, only essential staff and family members will be allowed to attend.

Emmert notes that the NCAA consulted with public health officials on the decision. The women’s tournament is set to start next week — on Friday, March 20. The men’s tournament, on the other hand, will begin on March 17, a Tuesday.

Ahead of the NCAA’s announcement, the state of Ohio took action on its own.

Update: Less than an hour after the NCAA’s decision, the ACC made an announcement pertaining to tonight’s games. Night session games for Wednesday night — Notre Dame-Boston College and Syracuse-North Carolina — will take place and include fans.