Big 12 not allowing fans to attend men’s, women’s basketball tournaments

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSNT) – The Big 12 announced Wednesday it won’t allow fans in to watch the Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships the rest of the tournament, due to coronavirus concerns.

There will be no pep bands, cheerleaders. The access will only be for the team athletes, personnel and medical professionals at the Sprint Center and Municipal Auditorium.

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby made the announcement Wednesday evening, ahead of the first round of games.

This comes after the NCAA announced it would hold the March Madness games without fans.

“This is going to be disruptive in ways that nothing else has been,” Bowlsby said.

Fans will still be allowed to attend Wednesday night’s games, but Bowlsby said starting tomorrow fans will not be allowed in.

“The priority of the Big 12 Conference is to ensure the safety of our students, coaches, administrators, event staff and fans.

After careful consideration and consulting with medical officials, other conferences, the NCAA and local officials, the Big 12 Conference announced that after tonight’s men’s first round games, all remaining Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship games will be played with only family, friends, credentialed media and essential staff permitted in the arenas.”

Joni Lehmann – Big 12 Conference Director of Media Services

Power & Light District officials said it will make its own decision whether tournament events across the street will go on as planned.

KU Athletics announced Wednesday it’s canceled all planned fan activities, including pregame parties and pep rallies.

If you bought Big 12 Tournament tickets through the KU Athletics Ticket Office, you’ll receive a refund for games.

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