OHSAA To Limit Spectators At
Tournament Games & Events
The OHSAA sent out a press release on March 10 suggesting their intentions to limit the number of fans who will be allowed to attend indoor sporting events this week, which includes Regional basketball for boy's, State basketball for girls, State wrestling and State ice hockey. The reason is to try and contain the spread of coronavirus, where there have been 3 confirmed cases in Ohio, according to the New York Times.
The North Central Ohio region has several athletes competing in competition this week whose competitions are going to be impacted. During a press conference on Tuesday, OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass said the organization is considering limiting each participating athlete to tickets for parents only, and may allow up to four tickets per athlete.
A concrete decision is expected by Wednesday, though Tuesday night's Regional semifinals matchup between Lucas and McDonald, and all others that night, will be unaffected.
There have been 29 confirmed deaths in the United States in relation to the coronavirus, according to CNN.
The press release went as follows:
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Tuesday afternoon that all indoor sporting events in Ohio, including high school, collegiate and professional sports, shall continue without most spectators in attendance as Ohio seeks to contain the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.
“This will be a very difficult time for our schools and fans, but we cannot ignore the directive of the Governor,” OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass said. “We are pleased that our tournaments can continue and we will soon determine who can attend. However, we can already say that it will most likely be no more than the immediate family of the student-athletes participating in the event.”
Boys basketball regional tournament games scheduled for Tuesday night can proceed with fans. The OHSAA will announce Wednesday morning how the tournaments will proceed moving forward.
More information will be released as soon as possible, including the process for tickets already sold and what kind of media coverage will be permitted at the state tournaments.
The OHSAA girls basketball state tournament begins Thursday at St. John Arena, the wrestling state tournament begins Friday at the Schottenstein Center and the ice hockey state tournament begins Saturday morning at Nationwide Arena.