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NCAA Tournament games could be moved to smaller venues

With no fans attending games, the need for big arenas goes away.

NCAA Men’s Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

With news breaking that the NCAA Tournament will be played without fans due to the Coronavirus, we should expect to see games being played in smaller venues than the ones currently scheduled.

Take for example the Final Four, which is set to be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta (GA), which seats over 70,000 fans. But with no fans going to games, the need for big arenas goes away.

NCAA president Mark Emmert just announced that the NCAA is already looking to move the Final Four, and possibly regional sites, into smaller venues. It does sound like the First and Second Round games will still be played at the currently scheduled locations.

It does sound like games will still be played in the same city, so if the Kentucky Wildcats make the Final Four, it will likely take place in Catlanta.

Of course, that’s still a ways away, and who knows if NCAA Tournament games will even still be played by then.