At least part of the 2020 NCAA Tournament will apparently be played without a significant number of fans in attendance.
The Governor of Ohio announced on Wednesday afternoon that there will soon be an order prohibiting spectators for mass gatherings in the state. This includes next Tuesday and Wednesday’s “First Four” NCAA Tournament games in Dayton, Ohio.
Dayton, Ohio has been the host of the “First Four” NCAA Tournament games since its inception. As of now, the games will go on as scheduled. There will be no fans in the stands, though.
Cleveland, Ohio is also set to host first and second round NCAA Tournament games on March 20 and March 22. It appears those games will be played without fans, too.
The governor of Ohio further clarified: The state will issue an order that NCAA tournament games in Ohio, which included the First Four in Dayton, will be played without spectators.
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) March 11, 2020
The NCAA has yet to announce an official statement on the First Four games. It’s possible they could be moved to another location at this point, though that seems unlikely.
Well, looks like the First Four will be played without fans. … if it’s still going to take place in Dayton.
NCAA first-round tourney site also in Cleveland. https://t.co/4w610BqiCP
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 11, 2020
The NCAA Tournament “First Four” games are set for March 17 and March 18. The games air on truTV. It will be an interesting spectacle to watch if they go on without fans in the stands.