Update: Big Ten cancels all conference and non-conference competitions
Spring game canceled; refunds to fans who have already purchased tickets will begin
The Big Ten Conference announced today that in addition to the Men’s Basketball Tournament, it will be canceling all conference and non-conference competitions through the end of the academic year. This includes spring sports that compete beyond the academic year and participation in all NCAA tournaments and competitions.
In addition, the conference has announced a moratorium on all on- and off-campus recruiting activities for the foreseeable future. The Big Ten Conference will use this time to work with the appropriate medical experts and institutional leadership to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The main priority of the Big Ten Conference continues to be the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans and media as we continue to monitor all developing and relevant information on COVID-19.
In addition, the Ohio State spring football game, set for April 11 at Ohio Stadium, has been canceled.
The university has been working closely with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, who has recommended that sporting events can continue, but with extremely limited spectators, as the state continues its efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Refunds for fans who have purchased tickets to Ohio State sporting events, beginning with the women’s gymnastics meet Saturday against Pittsburgh, will be processed as follows: Tickets purchased online or via phone will be automatically refunded within five to seven business days; tickets purchased in person can be returned to the point of purchase for a full refund.
What do I need to do regarding coronavirus?
In general, practicing routine hygiene etiquette and maintaining a healthy immune system are the best ways to prevent the spread of infection:
- Stay home when you are sick and keep a safe 6-foot distance from others to prevent disease spread.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when you sneeze or cough, and throw away your tissue after one use.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water (20 seconds or longer) and use alcohol hand rub as a backup.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces.
- Frequently clean and disinfect “high-touch” surfaces.
- Anyone who is seriously ill should seek medical advice from a health care provider or emergency department.