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Attendance being limited at WIAA basketball tournaments

The Resch Cener in Ashwaubenon is prepared for the WIAA girls state high school basketball tournament March 12, 2020.
The Resch Center in Ashwaubenon is prepared for the WIAA girls state high school basketball tournament March 12, 2020. (WLUK/Chris Schattl)

UPDATE: ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- Attendance will be limited at both WIAA state high school basketball tournaments, including the girls tournament this weekend at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon.

The WIAA announced live on Good Day Wisconsin just before 9 a.m. that tickets will be limited to 88 per team, two supervisors and a limit of 22 team personnel. Game officials, timers, scorekeeper, announcer, team host, WIAA staff, WIAA athletic trainers and Board of Control members deemed essential to the administration of the tournament are permitted.

“The WIAA has been keeping up with public health and medical updates and has recognized the changing environment over the past 24 hours,” WIAA executive director Dave Anderson said in a news release. “As good and responsible citizens, we are adhering to policies consistent to preventing the spread of COVID-19.”


All games will still be televised live. You can watch them on CW 14 and streaming on fox11online.com and cw14online.com.

Watch the full announcement in the video above. The full news release reads:

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in accordance with policies and guidance from public health organizations and the World Health Organization for mass gatherings, will be limiting attendance at the remainder of all winter tournament events scheduled March 12-14 and March 19-21.
The guidelines for mass gatherings calls for restriction of public events to 50-250 attendees, depending on the event and venue. This pandemic has created unprecedented circumstances that make these decisions and actions prudent and necessary.
“The WIAA has been keeping up with public health and medical updates and has recognized the changing environment over the past 24 hours,” Executive Director Dave Anderson said. “As good and responsible citizens, we are adhering to policies consistent to preventing the spread of COVID-19.”
The policy limits attendance at the State Tournament to 88 tickets per team, two supervisors and a limit of 22 team personnel. In addition, the boys and girls 3-Point Challenge competitions scheduled for Saturday will be held with participants and one chaperone allowed
Contest officials, timer, scorekeeper, announcer, team host, WIAA staff, WIAA athletic trainers and Board of Control members deemed essential to the administration of the tournament are permitted.
Cheerleaders, pep bands, school photographers, videographers and on-site sponsors will be prohibited.
The live television broadcast of the State Tournament will be available; however, limited radio stations will be given clearance to broadcast. Press accommodations will be restricted to either a small pool that would provide copy to the state or to one reporter per school team.
Tickets for the WIAA Girls and Boys State Basketball tournaments, except the party of 88 immediate family members, will be refunded in full. Please allow staff time to make these refunds and contact the WIAA office only if you do not see a refund to your account within two weeks of the tournament.
Any tickets purchased at school will we be refunded by your school and not the Resch Center or the WIAA.

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ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- The Resch Center is getting ready for the girls state high school basketball tournament this weekend.

Good Day Wisconsin spent the morning with Wrightstown girls basketball coach Mike Froehlke and WIAA Assistant Director Katie Peterson.

Ahead of the game, Resch Center staff were also cleaning the building because of the coronavirus.

Terry Charles of PMI, the company which manages the arena, says Resch Center staff will be thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting lockers rooms, bathrooms and other common areas.

"Regardless of all those things that we do, it will come down to everybody washing their hands," Charles said.

The Resch Center will also be handing out a limited amount of personal hand sanitizers. Those attending are encouraged to bring their own.

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