KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCAU) – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Wednesday night that it will start limiting fan attendance at their winter championships.
NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr said in a statement that they made the decision after a “thorough examination of the widespread health risks posed by COVID-19.” He said that attendance will be restricted to only essential staff and some family members.
The NAIA Division II Women’s and Men’s Basketball Championship are both considered winter championships.
Carr said their top priority is the health of everyone involved in the championships.
Officials said that they will issue a refund to those who bought tickets in advance.
Read Carr’s full statement below.
“After a thorough examination of the widespread health risks posed by COVID-19, the NAIA has decided to restrict attendance at all championships to only essential staff and limited family members,” said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. “We know this is disappointing to participating student-athletes and fans, but the health and wellness of all those involved with our championship events is our top priority.”Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO