WIAA limits the number of tickets to high school basketball tournaments


MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association is limiting attendance at the remainder of all winter tournament events in response to the novel coronavirus.

The WIAA is following the policies and guidance offered by the World Health Organization for mass gatherings. The guidelines call for restriction of public events to 50-240 attendees, depending on the event and the venue.

“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 with preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

WIAA is limiting attendance to state tournaments to 88 tickets per team, two supervisors and a limit of 22 personnel, according to a release posted on the association’s website.

The WIAA State Girls Basketball Tournament and the boys basketball sectionals scheduled for this week are continuing as…

Posted by Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Only participants and one chaperone will be allowed to attend the boys and girls 3-Point Challenge competitions held on Saturday.

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 release said.

Tickets for the WIAA Girls and Boys State Basketball tournaments, except the party of 88 immediate family members, will be refunded in full within the next two weeks.

Tickets purchases at a school will need to be refunded by that school.

The shuttle from the Alliant Energy Center to the Kohl Center for the State Boys Basketball Tournament has been canceled.

The live television broadcast of the State Tournament will be available, however, limited radio stations will be given clearance to broadcast, the release said.