CLEVELAND — No fans in the stands.
Rocket Mortgage Field House has announced that Sunday's Cleveland Monsters' game will be played with no fans in attendance.
The decision comes amid efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus. Several entities, including local hospitals are adjusting their policies and procedures under the advice of Gov. Mike DeWine and health officials.
"Although the exact scope, terms and timing of the order announced by Governor DeWine this afternoon are not immediately available, we are undergoing an extensive process of review with the NBA, G-League, AHL, NCAA and concert and event producers to plan for our next steps and impacts related to the order. Updates will be provided as we advance through this process and the continuing evolution of these very unique circumstances with our leagues and event partners," the organization said in a press release.
DeWine confirmed Ohio's fourth coronavirus case during an afternoon press conference, Wednesday. He also warned against mass gatherings saying that an order prohibiting them could be expected soon.
Tickets holders for Sunday's game will be contacted directly by the Monsters organization with the options of an immediate refund or credit towards tickets to a different game.
The first and second rounds of NCAA tournament games will also be played with a limited audience. Only essential staff and limited team family member will be allowed in attendance.
Refunds for the NCAA tournament games will be handled at the place of original purchase. While refund information for Cavaliers games will be announced pending information and updates from Gov. Mike DeWine and health officials.