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COVID-19: Rock Valley closes national basketball tournament to fans

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – The 2020 NJCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament at Rock Valley College on March 12-14 will be played as scheduled, however, fans will not be allowed to attend the games in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Only participating teams–players, coaches, other team staff members–and essential staff are allowed in the facility during the tournament.

Rock Valley remains in frequent contact with the Winnebago County Health Department and area first responder agencies to assess the risks associated with COVID-19.

While the risk remains low in our region at this time, participating teams have travelled from various parts of the country for the three days of the tournament. For precautionary reasons, and on the advice of state health officials and the Winnebago County Health Department, the tournament will proceed without spectators to avoid a large gathering of people at this event.

All tournament games are being live streamed by the NJCAA at to provide an alternative means for all fans to enjoy the action

Rock Valley College and the NJCAA sincerely apologize for any inconvenience to spectators, especially those who may have travelled a great distance to Rockford for the event. This decision is in the best interests of public health, and the safety of our campus and our community remains our top priority as we navigate the challenges of this worldwide pandemic.

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