Big 12 will play basketball tournament with limited amount of fans

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KXAN) — The Big 12 Basketball Championship won’t be played in empty arenas, but it will be pretty close to empty.

The Big 12 is limiting attendance at its men’s and women’s tournament games in Kansas City to family, friends, media and essential staff. Each team will receive 125 tickets per game.

In its statement, the Big 12 said its priority “is to ensure the safety of our students, coaches, administrators, event staff and fans.”

Full Big 12 statement:

“After careful consideration and consulting with medical officials, other conferences, the NCAA and local officials, the Big 12 Conference announced that after tonight’s men’s first round games, all remaining Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship games will be played with only family, friends, credentialed media and essential staff permitted in the arenas.”

The opening round games between Kansas State and TCU and Oklahoma State and Iowa State were played Wednesday in front of fans.

The men’s tournament runs from Thursday through Saturday. The women’s tournament runs through Thursday and Sunday.

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