Four California teams to ban fans attending home matches due to coronavirus

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Four NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams from California will be playing the overwhelming majority of their remaining regular season home matches without spectators.

UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara UCLA and USC all announced Tuesday that fans will be barred from attending all home athletic events, including men’s volleyball matches, in an effort to help limit the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Both UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara have indefinitely suspended home attendance. In addition, USC is restricting attendance at home matches until March 29 and UCLA until April 10.


No. 6/6 UC Irvine has four remaining home regular season, including a non-conference match against No. 10/8 Penn State on Friday.

No. 3/3 UC Santa Barbara is undefeated at home this season and will have six more home matches. Among these home matches includes a two-match home series against No. 2/2 Hawai’i on April 10-11.

USC will start a four-match home stand against No. 1/1 BYU on March 26 and will conclude the home stand against its cross-town rival No. 9/9 UCLA on April 4.

UCLA will have four home matches before the attendance restrictions are slated to end on April 10 and will play a home match versus BYU on April 11.

The Bruins also announced Thursday that all of its student-athletes will have the option to not compete home and away matches or team activities. The men’s volleyball team has two remaining road matches during the regular season.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that there are 647 confirmed cases of the coronavirus throughout the United States and 25 deaths because of the virus. That number has continued to increase in recent days.