UPDATED: Arkansas sporting events to be played without fans due to virus concerns

UPDATE: The SEC has suspended all competition throughout all sports until at least March 30.

Southeastern Conference officials on Wednesday announced that all on-campus sports events will be played with no fans in attendance until at least March 30.

The news came after the NCAA announced it would not allow fans at the upcoming men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament events, as well as the NIT.

The decision was based on recommendations from the NCAA’s coronavirus (COVID-19) advisory panel as part of an effort to try and limit the spread of the virus.

The rule applies to all sports on SEC campuses, as well as the in-progress SEC men’s basketball tournament, which began Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

“Without these extraordinary circumstances we would be looking forward to hosting thousands of Razorback fans on our campus in the next few weeks to cheer on our student-athletes” said UA Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek. “However, our first priority is the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff as well as the wellbeing of our loyal fans who support them. We will continue to work with the University of Arkansas, the SEC and NCAA in regard to this rapidly changing issue. We appreciate the patience and understanding of all those impacted by these measures.”

Arkansas home events that will be impacted include a gymnastics meet against Penn State on March 13, a softball series against Georgia March 13-15, a soccer match against Nebraska March 14, a baseball series against Alabama March 20-22, and several men’s and women’s tennis matches.

From the university:

Information regarding ticket refunds for Arkansas Razorback home events impacted (Friday, March 13-Monday, March 30, 2020) will be available in the coming days for season ticket holders and fans that have purchased single-game tickets. Refunds for ticketed events beyond March 30 will not be made at this time, pending determination of the status of those events. Fans can contact the Razorback Ticket Center with any questions by calling 479.575.5151 or by emailing [email protected].