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OHSAA restricts tournament ticket sales to families of athletes, coaches

Public barred under Gov. Mike Dewine's recommendation
Posted: 3:47 PM, Mar 10, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-11 05:30:56-04
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The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced additional details Tuesday night for its upcoming tournaments in wrestling, ice hockey and basketball.

The announcement follows Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement on Tuesday afternoon that all indoor sporting events in Ohio should severely limit spectators to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

All previously purchased tickets for the upcoming state tournaments of wrestling, ice hockey and girls and boys basketball are now void and new tickets will be sold per the instructions below, per sport.

“We are following the Governor’s instructions and are doing this for the safety of Ohioans,” said Jerry Snodgrass, OHSAA Executive Director. “This is a very difficult time and we need our schools and fans to know that we have been told we must do this. We must pull together to do the best we can to conduct these tournaments so that the student-athletes can still finish their seasons, which have gotten them to the pinnacle of their sport.”

TICKET SALES
Again, all previously purchased and complimentary tickets for the upcoming state tournaments are now void and new tickets will be sold per the instructions below, per sport, with specific details being sent to the member schools. Tickets purchased online via credit card will be refunded by Ticketmaster to the same credit card. Tickets purchased via check will be refunded in approximately four to five weeks. Tickets purchased with cash at the Ohio State University ticket office can be returned for a refund on-site.

MEDIA COVERAGE
Per Governor DeWine’s directive, credentialed media members are still permitted to cover this week’s state and regional tournaments, as well as next week’s boys basketball state tournament. In addition, media outlets may provide live video of the regional boys basketball tournaments by paying the tape-delay rights fee.

STATE TOURNAMENT COMPONENTS CANCELED
At all OHSAA state and regional tournaments this week and next week, all events surrounding the games are cancelled, including special presentations, halftime entertainment, various meetings, merchandise sales and other display booths.

STATE WRESTLING
State qualifying student-athletes will each be permitted to designate four family members who will be permitted to purchase all-session ticket books. State tournament coaches will each be permitted to designate two family members to purchase tickets. Tickets will only be sold as all-session ticket books.

REGIONAL BOYS BASKETBALL
Beginning Wednesday, student-athletes on the participating school tournament roster (players and cheerleaders) can designate four family members to purchase a ticket for the game. Coaches for that team can each designate two family members to purchase tickets. School administrators and the bus drive each receive one free ticket for themselves and a guest. Each regional site will work with the participating schools regarding its team list and ticket sales process, which will be cash only at entry.

STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL
Student-athletes on the 16 state qualifying teams will each be permitted to designate four family members who will be permitted to purchase single-session tickets at St. John Arena. Coaches and administrators of the state tournament teams will each be permitted to designate two family members to purchase tickets. Tickets will only be sold as single-session tickets.

STATE ICE HOCKEY
Student-athletes on the four state qualifying teams will each be permitted to designate four family members who will be permitted to purchase single-session tickets at Nationwide Arena. State tournament coaches and school administrators will each be permitted to designate two family members to purchase tickets. Tickets will only be sold as single-session ticket books.

Mount Notre Dame Athletic Director Mark Schenkel was on a conference call with the OHSAA and 15 other girls basketball state tournament participants earlier Tuesday afternoon. Mount Notre Dame is scheduled to play Toledo Notre Dame Academy at 8 p.m. Friday in a Division I semifinal at St. John Arena.

No student sections will be allowed and his school has already canceled the buses for students who planned to attend this week's tournament.

Boys basketball regional tournament games scheduled for Tuesday night were allowed to proceed with fans. Among the games with area teams, Cincinnati Christian was scheduled to play Jackson Center in a Division IV regional semifinal at 6:15 p.m. at University of Dayton Arena.

Deer Park is scheduled to play Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy in a Division III regional semifinal at University of Dayton Arena at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. That will be with limited spectators such as the state events this weekend in Columbus.

The Division I boys basketball regional semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday night at Xavier University's Cintas Center. Moeller plays Centerville at 6:15 p.m., while La Salle plays Lakota East at 8 p.m. That will be with limited spectators such as the state events this weekend in Columbus.

The OHSAA girls basketball state tournament begins Thursday, the wrestling state tournament begins Friday at the Schottenstein Center and the ice hockey state tournament begins Saturday morning at Nationwide Arena.

Meanwhile, Miami University and the University of Cincinnati are also being affected by DeWine's recommendation.

The Mid-American Conference, which includes Miami, has banned the public from the rest of its men's and women's basketball tournaments in Cleveland. That means RedHawks fans can not attend the men's semifinal game vs. Northern Illinois Thursday night. The Miami women's team was eliminated by a Monday loss to Buffalo.

UC announced it has canceled its spring football game and fish fry and will limit outdoor events to crowds of 150 spectators or less until May 1. The men's basketball team plans to travel to Fort Worth, Texas, for the American Athletic Conference tournament as scheduled.

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