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LOOK: Inside Bridgestone Arena ahead of tonight’s first round games

Greetings from Bridgestone Arena, where the first game of the SEC Tournament is about to tip off and everyone is freaking out over the NCAA’s decision not to allow fans at March Madness due to the coronavirus outbreak. Tonight’s games will go on as scheduled; however, whether or not fans will be allowed in the stands for the remaining sessions remains to be seen.

So, that’s fun. While we wait to hear what happens, here are some pictures from behind the scenes…

The press conference podium:

Media can’t go into locker rooms, so reporters can also speak to players and coaches in this auxiliary setting, which is nice, but off to an awkward start since no one announces they’re coming:

Ashton Hagans and Nick Richards are on the wall. I’ve yet to spot SEC Player of the Year Immanuel Quickley, which tells me these graphics were made a few months ago.


…empty seats? Hand sanitizer? Insert your jokes here.

One of the many signs about COVID-19:

As always, shoutout to the SEC for the tea station:

At first, I could only spot one bottle of hand sanitizer in the media area, but additional hand sanitizing stations have been brought in:

More to come throughout the night! Catch the fever, but not really.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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6 Comments for LOOK: Inside Bridgestone Arena ahead of tonight’s first round games

  1. tdub
    6:57 pm March 11, 2020 Permalink

    Wow, that’s just weird. Thanks for the info.

  2. UKFanSC
    7:06 pm March 11, 2020 Permalink

    There’s no way this tourney is played as scheduled, and most likely will not be available to live fans at all. 100% tv only. Family will probably be allowed, but qualified. Remember the fateful Georgia “tornado game”? There ya go.
    No person of authority wants to go down in history as “the guy who exposed 80,000 people to an incurable virus“

  3. RexRox
    7:33 pm March 11, 2020 Permalink

    Never took this kind of action in the past due to influenza, which kills many more people (including this year). Seems like an overreaction.

  4. bigblue98
    7:39 pm March 11, 2020 Permalink

    Better to play without fans in SEC if tournament next week is going to do the same so Kentucky can acclimate to this. A championship still counts regardless of who is there. Would strongly encourage compassion to your neighbors. It is in trying times we identify the character of people. Check on your neighbors, especially if they are elderly and see if they need help. We will all be in their shoes one day.

  5. tdub
    8:39 pm March 11, 2020 Permalink

    Bb98- all good points

  6. big cat
    9:51 pm March 11, 2020 Permalink

    Hope everyone stays healthy, but it just seems to be a big over reaction to cancel these sporting events. This too shall pass…..just not soon enough.