Pac-12 restricts fan attendance for remainder of conference tournament

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One day after announcing that the Pac-12 Men's Tournament will proceed as planned, the conference has changed its tune and will instead restrict attendance to only "essential staff, TV network partners, credentialed media, and limited family and friends in attendance," the conference announced Wednesday. 

The new policy will go into effect tomorrow, March 12, in time for the quarterfinals, and extend to all Pac-12 sports competitions and championship events.

The news comes hours after the NCAA announced all activities, including the men's and women's NCAA Tournaments, will be played without fan attendance. 

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The Oregon State Beavers and No. 13 Oregon Ducks will open Pac-12 Tournament play on March 12 at 12:00 p.m. PT and will be the first game played with only essential personnel. 

The announcement comes shortly after both the University of Oregon and Oregon State University announced that all final exams for winter term will be offered online. The first three weeks of spring term will also be online only and "non-essential events and gatherings of more than 50 people," have been canceled. 

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