SBC announces changes to Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament

Published 11:02 am Thursday, March 12, 2020

Due to the threat of the Coronavirus, the Sun Belt Conference announced that remainder of the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament will not be open to the public.

The SBC announced the decision with a statement on Thursday morning.

“The Sun Belt Conference has announced that it will conduct the remainder of its 2020 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments with only student‐athletes, coaches, essential staff, credentialed media, broadcasted television and limited family members of the participating teams in attendance. The Conference and the Smoothie King Center will continue to take precautionary measures and follow the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention for those in attendance, including, discouraging high‐risk individuals from attending the tournament even if they meet the attendance exception.”

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The conference also plans to take certain measures to protect those in attendance including:

  • Frequent cleaning and sanitizing of common areas, team locker rooms and media areas.
  • Information from the CDC on ways to stop the spread of the virus will be posted throughout the Arena.
  • Reminders throughout the tournament through our video board and public address announcer to maintain social distance, wash hands regularly and utilize the hand sanitizer stations throughout the Arena.
  • Locker rooms will remain closed to the media.

Troy University also made an announcement on Thursday that they will cancel all the fan events surrounding Troy’s appearance in the semifinals on Saturday.

Troy’s semifinal matchup with Louisiana on Saturday can be seen on ESPN+ and be heard on the Troy Sports Radio Network.