Two of NJIT’s biggest non-conference home matches of the season along with its next two EIVA home matches will be played in an empty arena.
The school announced Tuesday that all of the Highlanders’ home sport events, including men’s volleyball matches, will be closed to the public until March 30 in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
NJIT is slated to play Ohio State on Thursday and No. 11 Grand Canyon on Friday at the NJIT Wellness and Event Center. It also will travel to California for a three-match road trip before returning home for a two-match conference series against Charleston on March 27-28.
The team as of now will still travel next week to play No. 8/9 Pepperdine, No. 13 Concordia-Irvine and CSUN.
The Highlanders are currently in fourth place in the EIVA and 5-1 in home matches. In addition, NJIT is in the nation’s top 20 averaging 311 people in attendance per home match this season.
Along with restricting fans from attending home sporting events, the university announced Thursday that following its spring break all class will take place online until further notice.
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.