NCAA women’s basketball tournament to allow limited fan attendance in San Antonio region

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SAN ANTONIO – The NCAA will allow a limited variety of followers on the 2021 Division I Women’s Basketball Championship being held in the San Antonio region, with a capability of up to 17% from the Sweet Sixteen through the Women’s Final Four.

According to a information launch, the choice to restrict capability whereas requiring masks and bodily distancing was made in conjunction with native well being authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are looking forward to the return of the championship as well as limited fan attendance to what will be a unique and unforgettable event,” mentioned Lynn Holzman, vice chairman of women’s basketball on the NCAA. “The NCAA has and will continue to work in conjunction with state and local health authorities to ensure the health and safety of all student-athletes, staff and fans for this year’s championship, but we are excited that fans will again be part of the 2021 championship.”

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For first- and second-round play happening March 21-24 on the Alamodome, Bill Greehey Arena on the campus of St. Mary’s University, the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, University Events Center at Texas State University, and the UTSA Convocation Center, attendance will probably be limited to crew gamers and friends, with every member of the 34-member official crew journey get together allowed up to six tickets for friends.

From the Sweet Sixteen by means of the Women’s Final Four happening on the Alamodome, the 17% capability will embrace all members, members of the family of every collaborating crew’s student-athletes and coaches, important workers and a lowered variety of followers. Sweet Sixteen video games will probably be performed March 27-28, Elite Eight video games held March 29-30 and the Women’s Final Four carried out April 2 and 4.

The NCAA announced championship game times and broadcast networks for all six rounds and 63 video games of the 2021 Division I Women’s Basketball Championship being held in the San Antonio region.

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In addition to ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU protection, for the primary time for the reason that 1995 championship was carried on CBS, parts of the tournament will probably be carried by a broadcast community, as ABC is scheduled to carry not less than six tournament video games. ABC will broadcast a doubleheader on the opening day of play — Sunday, March 21 — and carry further doubleheaders through the Sweet Sixteen on Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28.

“ESPN’s coverage of women’s basketball has always been driven by our passion for the sport, its players and its coaches. We’re proud to continue our commitment with the addition of ABC to our network lineup for this year’s NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship,” added Carol Stiff, ESPN vice chairman, women’s sports activities programming and acquisitions. “As home to the championship for the past 26 years, and after the cancellation of last year’s women’s tournament, we can’t wait to bring the best of women’s college basketball to even more viewers as the sport crowns a new champion.”

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“We are deeply appreciative of our partnership with ESPN and their commitment to broadcasting every game, in full, for all rounds of the 2021 championship on the ESPN family of networks,” mentioned Nina King, senior deputy athletics director and chief of workers at Duke and chair of the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee. “Including games on ABC this year is exciting for all involved, with our student-athletes, teams and fans all benefiting from this outstanding coverage.”

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