Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau
Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 | 4:20 p.m.
The Thomas & Mack Center will remain quiet through March Madness, as the Mountain West announced Monday that the upcoming conference tournament will be held without fans.
The women’s tournament is set to begin on March 7 and run through March 10, while the men play March 10-13.
“Given new information regarding variants of the coronavirus and the uncertainties involved, this is the most prudent course of action to mitigate risk to the most significant degree possible,” the statement read.
Last year’s Mountain West tournament was one of the few across the country to be played to its entirety. Utah State defeated San Diego State, 59-56, on March 7, 2020, claiming the title on a last-second 3-pointer by Sam Merrill. Just days later, the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12 and SEC had all canceled their conference tournaments due to the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 12, 2020, the NCAA officially canceled its national tournament.
UNLV has played nine home games at the Thomas & Mack Center this season; the first five had no spectators, while a limited number of family members have been allowed at the three most recent contests.