WCC, Big West tournaments to go on without fans

The West Coast and Big West conferences will play their men’s and women’s basketball tournaments without any fans in attendance because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Both tournaments are scheduled to be played in Las Vegas: the WCC from March 4-9 at the Orleans Arena, and the Big West from March 9-13 at the Michelob ULTRA Arena inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.”This is certainly a difficult decision, but it is the responsible decision for the WCC,” WCC commissioner Gloria Nevarez said in a news release issued Tuesday. “The WCC Tournament has been sold out ever since the event was moved to Las Vegas 13 years ago and we value the passionate fan bases and the ability of friends and families of our student-athletes to support their teams each year. Unfortunately, we are in unprecedented times and we must take unprecedented measures.”Howard Gillman, the chancellor of UC Irvine and the chairman of the Big West board of directors, concurred.