Idaho Central Arena, in conjunction with the Big Sky Conference, has issued the following statement regarding COVID-19 and future Arena events:
“The Big Sky Conference will cancel the remainder of its 2020 Basketball Championships, beginning with the men’s quarterfinals scheduled for Thursday (March 12), the conference office announced today.
The Big Sky Presidents’ Council convened Thursday morning and voted to move forward in this manner.
‘This decision was not made lightly, as we know how meaningful our basketball championships is to our student-athletes, coaches, alumni, and fans,’ Commissioner Tom Wistrcill said. ‘After consulting with medical experts, local authorities, and the leadership of our institutions, we feel that this decision is prudent given the health and well-being of all involved.
‘We would be remiss not to acknowledge all of our local partners who helped us increase the interest in and attendance at our tournament this year, and we look forward to welcoming those fans back when we return to Boise in March 2021.’
The Big Sky and CenturyLink Arena will announce a refund policy soon and will contact fans who purchased tickets for the games that have been cancelled.”
Further updates regarding future CenturyLink Arena events will be made at the appropriate time.
Our top priority is the health, safety and well-being of all CenturyLink Arena guests. As a proactive step to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, we have already installed hand sanitizing stations and wipes. Arena staff continues to regularly disinfect high traffic areas and frequently touched services as well as locker rooms and meeting areas.
The CDC recommends everyday preventative actions:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
• Stay home when you are sick
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 minutes, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing