As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the United States, particularly the state of Washington, the NCAA announced today that March Madness will continue, just not in front of the fans.
NCAA President Mark Emmert statement on limiting attendance at NCAA events: https://t.co/GrPbmZx5N6 pic.twitter.com/PFFh9htixR— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) March 11, 2020
This news will no doubt be a disappointment to many Gonzaga fans, especially considering the Zags were lined up for a No. 1 seed and a first round in front of the home fans in Spokane. The women’s team was potentially in line to host the games on the Gonzaga campus as well.
However, the COVID-19 case has proven to be tricky, challenging, and changing every hour. Earlier today, Governor Jay Inslee announced a ban on public events with more than 250 people in the Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties, three areas of the state that have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19.
It is a disappointment, yes, but at least, the tournament is still going to happen (as of now).