NAIA DII Men’s Basketball National Championship will be limited to teams, essential staff, immediate family

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (News Release) – The remainder of the NAIA DII Men’s Basketball National Championships at the Sanford Pentagon will be limited to teams, essential staff members and immediate family of the student-athletes. This decision is made in conjunction with the state of South Dakota and the city of Sioux Falls.

“Our first priority is the health and safety of the student-athletes, teams and fans at the Sanford Sports Complex, and we can all play a role in containing the COVID-19 virus,” said Bill Gassen, chief administrative officer at Sanford Health. “We know this is disappointing for the fans of all the teams, but our role as a health care leader is to protect the community.”

“By limiting the public’s exposure to large gatherings of people, our hope is to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Mayor Paul TenHaken. “Thank you to Sanford and the NAIA for the proactive steps they are taking in this effort while still affording these teams the opportunity to compete.”

“We are taking swift action to address this situation at the state level,” said Gov. Kristi Noem. “It’s also important to remember that we all play a role in preventing the virus’ spread. When possible, staying home should be a priority.”

The tournament began Wednesday morning and runs through Tuesday, March 17.