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Coronavirus won’t stop ACC basketball tournament, though no fans allowed

ACC takes steps to protect fans from exposure to COVID-19.

NCAA Basketball: Florida State at Clemson Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE:

ACC Commissioner John Swafford announced at a press conference Thursday that the show will go on in Greensboro:

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The ACC Basketball tournament will be held without fans, per a statement from the conference:

This news follows an earlier report that the NCAA Tournament would be held without fans in light of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

All games in the conference tournament will now be held with only essential tournament personnel, school administrators, student-athletes, broadcast television, and credentialed media. It was also reported that access by media to student-athletes was being restricted.

“After consultation with local and state health authorities, including the Governor and his medical staff, the Atlantic Coast Conference will hold its men’s basketball tournament as scheduled this week at the Greensboro Coliseum,” the ACC said in a statement. “As was outlined by the Governor during his press conference, high-risk individuals are discouraged from attending mass gatherings.

”We will continue to take precautionary measures and follow the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, the league and the Greensboro Coliseum are taking additional proactive measures to provide a safe and clean environment for its institutions and fans.”

Florida State is scheduled to face Clemson tomorrow in one of the tournament’s quarterfinal games. Tomahawk Nation’s Michael Rogner and Matt Minnick podcast the ACC and NCAA Tourney’s and the effect the virus is having.