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NSIC will not allow fans at winter championships

01/28/2021, 3:30pm CST
By NSIC media relations

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The NSIC has announced its formats and spectator policies for the 2020-21 winter championships. The championship formats were created with the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, and staff as the top priority. To mitigate risk, no spectators will be allowed at any NSIC Championships this winter.

“Our league is thrilled to be moving forward with our winter championships. We are fortunate to have facilities like the Sanford Pentagon, Myers Field House, and the Hulbert Aquatic Center to host these championships, which are all well-seasoned in hosting events during the pandemic. The decision to not allow spectators was difficult, knowing that having family, friends, and fans at NSIC championships is an integral part of the student-athlete experience. However, given the nature and impact of bringing multiple teams to one championship site during the pandemic, it became a decision that was necessary to provide a safe environment for our student-athletes and coaches,” said NSIC Commissioner Erin Lind.   

The NSIC Winter Championships include women’s swimming & diving, men’s & women’s indoor track & field and men’s & women’s basketball.

The NSIC / Sanford Health Men’s & Women's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championships will take place Thursday-Sunday, February 25-28 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The top four teams from each division will compete in the eight-team tournaments.  

Women's quarterfinals are scheduled for Thursday & Friday at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. while men's quarterfinals will be played on Thursday & Friday at 4 & 7 p.m. Women's semifinals will be Saturday at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. while the men's will be at 4 & 7 p.m. The women's championship will be Sunday at 1 p.m. and the men to follow at 4 p.m.

“The league and its membership are grateful to all the administrators, athletic trainers, health care providers and coaches for their tireless efforts in creating various risk mitigating protocols to allow play to resume and making these championships possible. Further we extend our gratitude to our student-athletes for their patience as we have navigated this season,” stated Lind.

NSIC / Sanford Health Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournaments – No Spectators Allowed
February 25-28, 2021 – Sanford Pentagon – Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Aired live on MidcoSN and on the NSIC Network
Tournament Central: NorthernSun.org/NSICTourney

About the NSIC
The NSIC is a 16-team, 18-sport, NCAA Division II conference with institutions located in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The NSIC is a model Division II conference that uses high-level athletics competition to develop champions in the classroom and community while empowering student-athletes to be impactful and positive leaders. Formed in 1992 by the merger of the Northern Intercollegiate Conference (men’s league) and the Northern Sun Conference (women’s league), the NSIC has flourished over the past quarter century, maturing into a 16-team union of Upper Midwest colleges and universities. The NSIC has won 23 team national championships and crowned 77 individual national champions. For additional information, visit NorthernSun.org.

About NCAA Division II
The NCAA, the national governing body for college athletics, is a volunteer association of more than 1,000 colleges and universities that classify their athletics programs in one of three membership divisions. The 300+ institutions in NCAA Division II support a balanced approach in which student-athletes have the opportunity to earn scholarships based on their athletic ability, pursue their desired academic degree, and participate in all the campus and surrounding community have to offer. Division II student-athletes annually graduate at rates higher than their student body peers, and they have access to the best championships-participant ratio among the NCAA’s three divisions. Division II gives student-athletes the unique opportunity to compete in the classroom, on the field, in their career, for their causes, and on their terms. For additional information, visit NCAA.org.

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