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Mountain West basketball championships to be held without fans

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Posted at 9:14 PM, Feb 23, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Mountain West Conference has announced that the 2021 Air Force Reserve Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will be played without spectators.

After thorough consideration of all factors and alternatives, the Mountain West says it has determined it is unable to accommodate fans for the upcoming basketball tournament scheduled for March 7-13 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

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The Mountain West will restrict entry to the Thomas & Mack Center to participating teams, game officials, tournament staff, TV partners, limited credentialed media and other support personnel included on the team’s official pass list.

“The support of our fans has made the Mountain West Tournament one of the most thrilling events in college basketball on an annual basis,” said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson. “The health and well-being of our student-athletes and coaches are of vital importance. We are best able to provide a clean and controlled environment by only permitting those directly involved with the tournament’s conduct into the facility. It is also essential to protect the opportunity for those teams who are successful in advancing to compete in the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships according to the protocols established for those events.”