NCAA closes March Madness games to public because of coronavirus fears

NCAA basketball tournament games are scheduled to begin next week. (Source: AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
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Attendance at upcomng NCAA championship events, including Division I men's and women's basketball tournaments, is being limited to essential staff and limited family until further notice.

That's according to Mark Emmert, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Emmert says this is based on concerns from the ongoing coronavirus spread, and he made the decision based on advice from public health officials and the COVID-19 advisory panel.

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