Santa Clara County’s ban on large gatherings could have effect on Stanford in NCAA tournament

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Individuals, businesses, municipalities, counties, states, countries and the entire world at large are taking measures to safeguard people from the coronavirus outbreak that continues to grow in the number of cases.

A common thread we have seen since the start of the outbreak has been discouraging people from venturing out into large crowds. Major events such as Coachella and South by Southwest have either canceled or rescheduled due to coronavirus/CoVid-19 and there is increasing discussion about if the NBA will play future games for the remainder of the season in front of no fans.

Santa Clara County has had approximately 43 cases of coronavirus reported, the most for any county in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a result, county officials enacted a three-week ban on gatherings of over 1,000 people.

The NHL’s San Jose Sharks are already mulling its options. It could also affect Stanford’s ability to host games in the upcoming NCAA tournament.

Stanford is slated to host games in this year’s tournament as Charlie Creme’s latest Bracketology on ESPN.com has the Cardinal as one of the two seeds. The other three are North Carolina State, UConn and Louisville with South Carolina, Oregon, Maryland and defending national champion Baylor claiming one seeds.

Could Stanford decide to simply host its tournament games in front of no fans? The more likely scenario could see the Cardinal stage its home tournament games outside of Santa Clara County and to someplace else in the Bay Area.

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