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MAC Tournaments will be closed to general public to help prevent spread of coronavirus

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Posted at 6:50 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 02:18:50-04

CLEVELAND (WKBW) — The MAC tournaments will be closed to the general public. A MAC spokesperson, released the news in a press release Tuesday evening. It says the decision was made following consultation with Ohio governmental and public health officials, and at the recommendation of Ohio's Governor Mike DeWine.

The Tournaments will continue as scheduled on Wednesday, March 11 through Saturday March 14. However, only credentialed institutional personnel, student-athlete family members, credentialed media, television and radio crews, and official team party members will be permitted to attend the basketball games.

“The safety of all is our greatest concern. Since January, I have stated that any decision would follow the advice of state governmental officials and medical professionals. Following the feedback we received today we have taken this action which is in alignment with the recommendation of Governor DeWine,” said Mid-American Conference Commissioner, Dr. Jon Steinbrecher.

All tickets for the MAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments will be refunded in the form of a credit towards next year’s tournament or for a full refund.

The University at Buffalo's women's basketball team is set to play Kent State in the tournament Wednesday at 7:30pm.