The N-B-A has suspended its season as a player for the Utah Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus in Oklahoma City, where the Timberwolves were supposed to play on Friday. The N-C-A-A has closed its games to fans, including today’s University of Minnesota Big Ten Tournament game against Iowa in Indianapolis. Golden Gopher guard Marcus Carr understands why:
“Can clearly see that it’s been taken very seriously and hopefully it gets under control.”
Several college hockey games this weekend involving the Minnesota men and women, Minnesota-Duluth, and St. Cloud State have been closed to fans, as has next week’s N-C-A-A wrestling championships scheduled for U-S Bank Stadium. A sellout crowd for this weekend’s Gopher women’s gymnastics meet against top-ranked Oklahoma will now not be able to attend. In addition, the Twins say they will alter their early regular-season schedule, as games in Seattle later this month won’t take place there.
The Golden Gopher men’s basketball team will play its Big Ten Tournament game against Iowa today in Indianapolis with no fans in attendance. Only essential staff members, media, and immediate relatives of players will be at the game in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle is with the team and says yesterday was busy:
“Lots of meetings and calls, you know no doubt. And, obviously, the number one goal is to provide safety for coaches, student-athletes, fans, everybody that interacts with our events. And, so, I think we’re making the right decisions, they’re obviously not easy decisions, but again the right decisions for the safety of everybody.”
The Gopher men’s hockey team plays in the Big Ten Tournament on Saturday at Penn State, while the Gopher women’s hockey team hosts Ohio State on Saturday in the N-C-A-A Tournament. Fans will not be allowed to attend those games, either. Coyle says things are changing by the hour based on the latest health recommendations, so fans should continue to look for updates.