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MSHSAA to limit spectators at upcoming state basketball championships


MSHSAA will limit spectators at its upcoming state basketball championships this weekend in Springfield due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Each school will get 150 wristbands to give out to its fans.

“We understand the unexpected hurdles this creates for our schools and fans, and apologize for the inconveniences it has caused," Executive Director Dr. Kerwin Urhnan said. "We wish the best of luck to all of our teams and a safe and healthy return home."

MSHSAA said there will only be semifinal and championship games. Third place games have been canceled. Also, the previously scheduled entertainment and recognition ceremonies have been canceled as well.

You can read the full statement from MSHSAA below.

"Upon the recommendation from the Green County Director of Public Health and in consultation with Missouri State University, the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) will be making adjustments to the access allowed at this weekend’s Show-Me Showdown.

With a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the state and concern for the safety of all who will be working and attending the Show-Me Showdown, each school will be given 150 wristbands to distribute to its fans base.

Only fans that have been given a wristband will be allowed in the arena. The distribution of the wristbands will be the responsibility of the school. Only essential school personnel will be allowed access to the arena as well. Any tickets previously purchased are now void.

The MSHSAA Office will work with the participating schools on any reimbursements that need to be made. In addition to the limit on spectators, other elements involved with the Show-Me Showdown have been cancelled.

All entertainment groups and recognitions have been cancelled. There will also be no third-place games played, only the semifinals and championship games.

All games from this weekend will be streamed at Working media members with previously approved credentials will have access to the games."

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Andrew Kauffman

Andrew Kauffman is ABC 17’s sports director. He started working at the station in 2015.


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