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U of M 'limiting fans' for upcoming home events

In a release, university officials say it includes Big Ten and NCAA postseason competitions hosted by the university.
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MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota will be limiting fans for all home events due to coronavirus concerns.

In a statement from the university, officials say that starting Thursday, March 12, attendance will be limited to student-athletes, coaches, event staff, essential team and University staff, TV network partners, credentialed media and immediate family members of those participating. The release said this includes Big Ten and NCAA postseason competitions hosted by the university.

The full statement reads:

The University of Minnesota will follow the Big Ten's announcement that it is limiting fans for upcoming home events. This also includes Big Ten and NCAA postseason competition hosted by the University.

Starting on Thursday, March 12, 2020, attendance will be limited to student-athletes, coaches, event staff, essential team and University staff, TV network partners, credentialed media, and immediate family members of the participating teams.

Minnesota will work with the Big Ten to review this policy moving forward.

The main priority of the University is to ensure the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans and media as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 virus.

The university did not disclose how long this policy will be enforced.

Williams Arena — the home of the Gophers men's and women's basketball teams — hosts games in the State High School Boys and Girls Basketball Tournaments. According to university officials, the decision for playing those games is up to the Minnesota State High School League.

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