Big South women’s tournament to ban spectators this week

Update: March 12 — All Big South Conference tournament games have been canceled. 

This week’s Big South women’s basketball quarterfinals and semifinal games at Campbell University’s Pope Convocation Center will have restricted attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, conference officials announced on Wednesday. The Big South joins several other collegiate athletic conferences around the country in trying to reduce the spread of coronavirus at events that could draw thousands of spectators. 

The Big South regular-season champion Camels will host Presbyterian at 6 p.m. on Thursday, and Gardner-Webb will face Hampton at 8 p.m. Both games will be restricted to relatives of players and coaches who are on the student-athletes’ guest lists and to credentialed administrators, staff and media. Spirit groups and additional spectators will not be permitted. 

Semifinal game will be played Friday at Campbell and Radford universities, and the highest-remaining seed will host the Big South Championship game on Sunday. 

The Big South Conference released the following statement Wednesday: “The Big South is continuing to closely monitor developments of COVID-19.  Campbell, Radford and the conference office are implementing prevention strategies at the events and are in contact with local health officials.  The conference will continue to evaluate the situation and send out updates should any changes occur.”