It goes without saying at this point that the impact of the coronavirus outbreak – and fears over future cases – have wreaked havoc on virtually every aspect of human life from music to sports to even simple human interaction.
Concerns have been on the rise regarding the status of future sporting events in the near-term, given how attention has turned to stemming the rising tide of coronavirus cases. The Ivy League is the latest institution to feel the impact of the virus’ outbreak as it has canceled its women’s and men’s basketball tournaments.
The news results in Princeton earning an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament beginning next week. On the men’s side, Yale earns an automatic berth.
Regrettably, the information and recommendations presented to us from public health authorities and medical professionals have convinced us that this is the most prudent decision.
–Robin Harris, Ivy League Executive Director (via press release)
The Ivy League also announced that all tickets for the basketball tournaments will be refunded. It also announced that it will enact what it described as “highly-restrictive, in-venue spectator limitations” for future sporting events.