UIL boys basketball state championship to be held with limited fan access

Update 2:09 p.m. 
The UIL has announced that they will be suspending the remainder of the boys state tournament following the conclusion of the 3A semifinal games until further notice.

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Thursday morning the UIL announced that the boys state championship games at the Alamodome will be held with limited fan access. The announcement comes following the growing concerns of the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes and patrons is our number one priority,” UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt said in a statement. “While we are saddened to limit the fans that can be inside the arena supporting their teams, it is crucial we take every possible precaution to keep participants safe.” 

Fans who had previously purchased a ticket for the two semifinal days on Thursday and Friday will still be allowed to attend but no new tickets will be sold. The format goes as followed:

Thursday, March 12:
Normal schedule and entry for pre-purchased ticket holders with no additional tickets sold except for a limited number of championship game tickets for the winning teams on-site at the box office immediately following the semifinal games. Championship game tickets will be limited to 500 per school. 

Friday, March 13:
Normal schedule and entry for pre-purchased ticket holders with no additional tickets sold except for a limited number of championship game tickets for the winning teams on-site at the box office immediately following the semifinal games. Championship game tickets will be limited to 500 per school. 

Saturday, March 14:
Each school will be allotted 500 tickets to be sold following semifinal games and until the limit is reached. All-Tournament tickets will no longer be accepted on Saturday. Previously scheduled honor team presentations will no longer take place.

The UIL says safeguards have been put in place inside the Alamodome including sanitizing stations, workers wiping down seats and cleaning locker rooms in between sessions and throughout high-traffic area. 

The announcements comes a day after the NBA postponed its regular season following the confirmination that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert had the virus. SXSW festival in Austin was cancelled as well as Coachella music festival was pushed back to October. 

We will update this story is more developments come along.

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