The NCAA has announced that the Division 1 men’s and women’s basketball tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus.
NCAA President Mark Emmert originally said in a statement that March Madness games will be held “with only essential staff and limited family attendance.”
“While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States,” he said. “This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes.
“We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families. Today, we will move forward and conduct championships consistent with the current information and will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed.”
The men’s tournament West Regional were to be held March 26-28 at Staples Center.
None of the women’s tournament regional or final games were scheduled to be held in California.