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Summit League basketball tournaments to be held without fans because of COVID-19

The Summit League men's and women's basketball tournaments will be held without fans and moved to a smaller venue in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, because of COVID-19 concerns, conference commissioner Tom Douple said Thursday.

The tournament is scheduled for March 6-9. It originally was slated for the Denny Sanford Premier Center, which seats about 12,000, and now will be held at the 3,250-seat Sanford Pentagon.

"It is with deep disappointment, yet an equally deep amount of conviction, that we came to this conclusion because the health, safety and welfare of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans, and the Sioux Falls community remain our highest priorities,'' Douple said.

This will be the 13th consecutive year the Summit League basketball tournaments will be held in Sioux Falls.