Beginning Thursday, ACC Tournament to play out remaining games with no fans in attendance


GREENSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – Starting with Thursday’s games, the remainder of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament will be played without fans, according to a statement issued by the league Wednesday night.

The announcement came after President Mark Emmert announced earlier on Wednesday that the NCAA Tournament would be played without fans after a recommendation from the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel.

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Beginning Thursday, the remaining games will be played with only essential tournament personnel, limited school administrators, student-athletes’ guests, broadcast media, and credentialed media members present, the statement said.

Thursday’s games begin at 12:30 p.m. with Florida State vs. Miami. Duke and North Carolina State are also set for a rubber match after the two split their regular-season meetings.

However things could change at the ACC Tournament. Commissioner John Swofford is expected to address the media at 10 a.m. Thursday. It’s unclear if he’ll decide to cancel the tournament. The Ivy League took a major step and decided to not only cancel its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, but its entire spring sports schedule.

Other regional tournaments, including the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in Norfolk and the Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball tournament in Elon, North Carolina, will also be played with only essential personnel.

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