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AAC suspends all spring sports

The conference has taken a drastic measure to protect against the Coronavirus outbreak.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

The AAC is suspending all sporting events until further notice due to the COVID-19 crisis, the conference announced on Tuesday. This means the baseball, softball, women’s lacrosse, tennis and track and field seasons will be put on pause for the time being. The opening of UConn baseball’s new stadium, Elliot Ballpark, will be delayed indefinitely as well.

This move follows the lead of the Ivy League, Patriot League and NESCAC, which also dropped its spring sports seasons. The last 48 hours have seen numerous sports leagues either cancel or postpone games, most notably the NBA, MLB, MLS and NHL.

Earlier in the day, the conference decided to cancel the AAC men’s basketball tournament — a move many other conferences have made. As of now, the status of the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments have not changed since yesterday’s announcement that the games would be played without fans. However on the men’s side, Kansas and Duke have both suspended all athletic events, meaning they will not participate in the NCAA Tournament.

Along with the other affected aforementioned teams, Hockey East cancelled its playoffs, meaning the UConn men’s hockey teams season is over.