UPDATE: The Big 12 tournament was canceled on Thursday.
Following an announcement today by the Big 12, the tournament games scheduled this week at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, will have only limited fan attendance.
The Big 12 announced today that beginning with the Thursday games, teams will have access to only 125 tickets for staff and guests of the athletes.
The decision was made in the best interest of public health and preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, according to the announcement.
Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas, with Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department Director Dr. Rex Archer and Kansas City, Missouri, Emergency Medical Services Medical Director Dr. Erica Carney, issued this statement today:
“While Kansas City was eager and prepared to host fans from across the country during the Big 12 men’s and women’s basketball tournaments this weekend, keeping our community – and their players – safe remains our top priority. We support the Big 12’s decision to limit fan attendance at all tournament games and we still look forward to welcoming the Big 12’s men’s and women’s teams to our region. As a reminder, there are still no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kansas City, Missouri. We continue to closely monitor the situation and make decisions accordingly. We will continue providing updates as we have them.”