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Aztecs will play first NCAA tournament game without fans due to coronavirus

Aztecs assistant coach David Velasquez (middle) puts his head down in disappointment during the Aztecs' 59-56 loss to Utah State on March 11 at the Thomas and Mack Center.

The NCAA has announced it will limit future attendance of sporting events in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

NCAA President Mark Emmert released a statement today via a press release regarding the coronavirus scare:

“The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel. Based on their advice and my discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance,” Emmert said in a release.