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Big 12 limits fans at men’s, women’s basketball tournaments amid COVID-19 outbreak

The Big 12 will follow in the footsteps of other conferences and NCAA March Madness.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: DEC 21 Saint Louis at Kansas State Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Each Big 12 school will only be allowed 125 tickets for the remaining games of the conference basketball tournaments amid the COVID-19 outbreak, commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Wednesday.

“We have done this on consultation with an umber of different entities, among them our conference board of directors who voted unanimously ti implement this process,” Bowlsby told the media. “We also have been advised by KU medical center emergency response team, CDC, public health officials...”

This come after the NCAA’s panel on the coronavirus recommend all athletic competitions be played without spectators due to concerns about COVID-19. Only essential staff and limited family will be allowed to attend the NCAA Tournament games. WHO has also announced the COVID-19 virus had reached global pandemic status.

The first round of the Big 12 men’s basketball tournament started at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri with No. 8 Oklahoma State against No. 9 Iowa State. The women’s tournament begins Thursday.