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SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 03: Evander Kane #9 of the San Jose Sharks is congratulated by teammates after he scored a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third period at SAP Center on March 03, 2020 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Santa Clara County Releases Statement For Sports Gatherings

The status of three San Jose Sharks hockey games, the NCAA women’s basketball tournament at Stanford and one SJ Quakes game are in doubt after Santa Clara County announced that ban of all large gatherings of at least 1,000 people for the rest of the month in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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The Sharks have home games scheduled next week on March 19 against and March 21 and the following week against Arizona.

The Sharks haven’t made a final decision on what they will do.  The team could play the games without fans, find a neutral site or play the games on the road.

The Stanford women’s basketball team was expected to host the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament from March 20 to 22. Stanford is scheduled to host games in several other sports this month and the school said Monday night that all events remain scheduled as of now.  They could limit fans to under 1,000 or play without fans at all…

Major Sports League Take Action

And the four major North American pro sports leagues that are currently in season or getting ready to begin released a joint statement last night announcing they were closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis.

The NHL, MLS, MLB & NBA released this statement:

After consultation with infectious disease and public health experts, and given the issues that can be associated with close contact in pre- and post-game settings, all team locker rooms and clubhouses will be open only to players and essential employees of teams and team facilities until further notice. Media access will be maintained in designated locations outside of the locker room and clubhouse setting. 

The NFL was also involved in the talks, but since they are in the offseason, were not part of Monday’s joint statement.

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