The Big West Conference announced Tuesday afternoon that this week’s men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will be played without spectators as part of precautionary measure to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Long Beach State had already stepped up regular cleaning of the Walter Pyramid facilities for spectators and teams.
The Pyramid is hosting the first two rounds of the tournament this evening and tomorrow, with the men’s tournament taking place at the Honda Center on Thursday through Saturday.
“The Big West Board of Directors, comprised of the chief executive officers of the nine member universities, strongly feel that this is a prudent way to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus while being sensitive to our student-athletes who have pointed towards playing in the tournament all season,” said Big West commissioner Dennis Farrell in a statement.
Fans who purchased tickets can receive a full refund from their point of purchase. We will have live coverage on Twitter from all Long Beach State tournament games @562sports.