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Big East Tournament to allow limited fans at Madison Square Garden originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
After New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Feb. 10 announcement permitting fans in a limited capacity to attend state sporting events at arenas like Madison Square Garden, it was only a matter of time until the Big East announced their ability to host fans at their conference tournament at MSG this season.
The Big East Tournament takes place from March 10-13 at MSG, which will allow a capacity of just over 2,000 fans in accordance with the state. Though tickets will not be available to the public to attend the tournament games, tickets will be handed out to participating teams to allow families and guests of the players, coaches, and team staff to attend.
“In determining the ticket policy for this year’s tournament, the Conference consulted with our member schools, the MSG leadership team, and New York State and New York City public health officials,” Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman said in a release. “As New York sporting events start to re-open, we believed it was important to offer access to one of the most prominent events in college sports to those closest to the participants, while striving to protect the health and safety of all involved. We are excited to participate in the reopening of the Garden and look forward to returning to a full house next year.”
The conference tournament tips off at 3 p.m. on March 10 and the first nine games will be aired on Fox Sports 1 before FOX broadcasts the championship at 6:30 p.m. on March 13. More information on tickets for fans can be found by clicking here.