IHSAA limits boys tournament attendance

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Commissioner Bobby Cox announced today that the remaining games in the Indiana High School Athletic Association's boys basketball state tournament will continue as scheduled, but with limited spectators in attendance as Indiana seeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.

The IHSAA continues to monitor the impact of coronavirus around our state and said in a press release that the agency's primary focus has been and will continue to be the health and safety of students and supporters attending its events. Given the recent and ongoing spread of the coronavirus and available information surrounding the pandemic, the IHSAA will conclude all winter tournament series events as scheduled with limited to no spectators in attendance.

Individuals who are at higher risk for the disease as defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are strongly encouraged to refrain from attendance. This includes older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.

The IHSAA acknowledges these are unprecedented measures, and is sympathetic to the loyal fans of education-based athletics in Indiana.

Using the Center for Disease Control’s guidance regarding large gatherings, the IHSAA will limit games/events to approximately 250 individuals.

The boys basketball regional games are scheduled for Saturday at 16 sites around the state. Semi-state tournaments are Saturday, March 21, and the state finals are Saturday, March 28.

For the remaining games, each participating school will be allotted only 75 tickets, aside from the 12 dressed players, and to include only essential personnel, coaches, administrative staff and immediate family of players.

Non-varsity boys basketball participants, cheerleaders, dance teams, school mascots and pep bands may not attend the games. This measure is to protect the health and safety of the student athletes, their families and the public at large.

Anyone holding a regional ticket will be issued a full refund at the point of purchase. Individuals must present the ticket(s) in order to receive a refund.

The Heritage Hills boys basketbal team's first regional game is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Washington. Northeast Dubois will play at noon that day at Loogootee.

This story will be updated.

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