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LHSAA March Madness finishing with limited attendance

Announcement made Friday afternoon
Major changes coming to LHSAA championship structure
Posted at 3:51 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 16:51:14-04

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association released a statement Friday regarding a change of plans for the remainder of the boys basketball championships. LHSAA March Madness will still go on at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles but will only be allowing limited attendance. The statement released Friday afternoon explained in detail who will be authorized to enter the coliseum.

The official statement from LHSAA:

Today, Governor John Bel Edwards issued a proclamation stating that all large gatherings of people to be halted immediately until Monday, April 13th. The LHSAA Marsh Madness Tournament and the Divisional Select State Championships will continue as scheduled. However, based on this additional information and guidance from both the Louisiana Department of Education and the Governor’s office in the last hour, at this time, only student-athletes, coaches, officials, school administration, LHSAA staff, Burton Complex staff (non-select only), Visit Lake Charles staff (non-select only), security officers, the official TV Network, and preapproved and previously credentialed media will be allowed to attend the remainder of the tournament. This means that at this time NO schools support groups which include bands, cheerleaders and fans etc. will be allowed to attend the remainder of the tournament.

-Eddie Bonine, LHSAA Executive Director