The No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team will be playing their Big Ten Conference tournament games in front of limited crowds according to a press release sent out by the B1G Thursday afternoon.
Big Ten men’s tournament tonight in Indy will be the last day with fans, the conference just announced.
— Marcus R. Fuller (@Marcus_R_Fuller) March 11, 2020
Here is the press release in full:
The Big Ten Conference announced this evening that beginning Thursday, March 12, 2020, attendance at all Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament games will be limited to student-athletes, coaches, event staff, essential team and Conference staff, TV network partners, credentialed media, and immediate family members of the participating teams.
Additionally, all further Big Ten Conference winter and spring sport competitions, including championship/tournament events, will also be limited to student-athletes, coaches, event staff, essential team and Conference staff, TV network partners, credentialed media, and immediate family members of the participating teams.
The main priority of the Big Ten Conference is to ensure the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans and media as we continue to monitor all relevant information on the COVID-19 virus on a daily basis.
It is important that any person attending a Big Ten sporting event consult the following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html.
Earlier in the day on Thursday, the conference said that there were no plans to make any changes.
Big Ten Tournament is going on as planned with full fan attendance, the league announces. Media access will altered — switched from open locker room access to players made available “in larger designated areas.”
— Brendan Quinn (@BFQuinn) March 11, 2020
Obviously they changed their mind after the NCAA announced that the men’s and women’s NCAA Tournaments would not have fans in attendance outside of family and essential personnel.