The NCAA made the unprecedented decision Wednesday to hold the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments without fans because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The NCAA announcement came after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said he will issue an order that would ban fans from NCAA tournament games in Cleveland and Dayton.
Sporting events around the world have been affected by the virus. States and cities have banned large gatherings, leading to teams such as the Golden State Warriors to say that they would play in empty arenas.
March Madness hits another level next week with the start of the NCAA tournament to crown a national champion, one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar.
The 68-team men’s field is scheduled to be announced Sunday, and the 64-team women’s tournament field is set to be unveiled Monday. (ESPN)