CINCINNATI (WKRC) – March Madness is going to look a lot different this year.
There will be no fans at men’s and women’s tournament games. High school tournaments are also limiting spectators. It's family-only as games will be off-limits to the general public.
It’s happening in almost every level of sports, and some leagues like the NBA have suspended the rest of the season.
“It’s understandable, yet sad for athletes, families and fans of basketball. But you hope it’s a good measure that doesn’t hurt or harm the outcome of the game,” said Jeff House.
House and his family drove down from Centerville to watch the game against Moeller.
“It’s sad from that standpoint, but at least the games didn’t get canceled,” said House.
Limiting spectators at sporting events is the plan by health experts and the governor as they try to slow down the spread of COVID-19.
“It was a little bit of a shock, but after thinking about it, it kind of makes sense. To be overly cautious is probably a good thing,” said Doug George.
It appears caution is the new normal as numerous Cincinnati events are being canceled or changed, including the Heart Mini, the annual International Wine Fest and the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade.
As of right now, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is still on.