Next week's WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament will not be held at the Kohl Center. The WIAA will meet to discuss options regarding the remainder of its tournament series, per a Thursday afternoon release:
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic has been informed that the Kohl Center will not be available for State Boys Basketball Tournament scheduled for March 19-21.
Members of the WIAA Board of Control and Executive Staff will convene for a special meeting to discuss options for the remainder of the boys basketball Tournament Series and the continuation of the State Girls Basketball Tournament in Green Bay.
We will release more information and details when available.
The University of Wisconsin issued a statement as well:
In conjunction with our partners at WIAA, UW–Madison has made the difficult decision to not host the upcoming WIAA Boys State Basketball Tournament.
The decision was made in consultation with local and state public health officials to discourage and limit large gatherings in light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. Many other sporting events and tournaments across the country have also canceled their events, including the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.
We understand the importance of this tournament — not only for players, but also for coaches, parents, and fans in general. This decision was not taken lightly. However, the health and safety of players, participants, and community is our top priority.