The Michigan Wolverines have been the most talked about and glorified team in college basketball over the last two weeks. Much of that has to do with their dominance of the Big Ten, which is widely regarded as the countryâs deepest conference. However, after their blowout loss to Illinois, the narrative has quickly changed.
Amidst all the conversation about Michigan, the undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs seem to have become forgotten about. Fans and bettors often overlook Gonzaga because they have a reputation of ânot playing anyoneâ once their conference schedule starts. Regardless of your opinion of Gonzaga, Jeff Borzelloâs tweet perfectly encapsulates how dominant of a problem they have been.
The team announced that a limited number of tickets will be available for games this season, starting with the March 17 game against the Raptors.
This change comes after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer provided an update on event restrictions Tuesday. One of those changes included allowing venues that seat more than 10,000 people, such as Little Caesars Arena, to have 750 attendees.
Tickets will go on sale via Ticketmaster and the Detroit Pistons website at 10 a.m. Thursday.
“In preparation for hosting a limited number of fans during these challenging times, we are grateful to work closely with state and local health professionals, the NBA and Olympia Entertainment in creating a safe and welcoming environment,” said Mike Zavodsky, chief business officer for the Pistons. “We thank our fans and the community for their continued support during this time as we worked through all necessary steps and benchmarks required for welcoming you back to Little Caesars Arena safely.”
According to officials, there will be protocols in place intended to minimize the spread of COVID-19, including:
Physically distanced seats
Masks required for those 2 and older, except when eating or drinking at their seating location marked physical distancing while navigating the venue
Completion of health survey screening for all guests no more than 24 hours before the game
Installation of mobile ticket scanning pedestals
Cashless payments in the parking lot and for food and beverage
All bags will be prohibited
In addition to easing the restrictions on large venues, Whitmer announced new guidelines for private gatherings and upped restaurant and bar capacity to 50%.
The new changes will start Friday and remain in effect until April 19.