Following Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement Tuesday that all indoor sporting events in Ohio should severely limit spectators to reduce the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, the Ohio High School Athletic Association recently announced additional details for its upcoming tournaments in wrestling, ice hockey and basketball.
All previously purchased tickets for the upcoming state tournaments of wrestling, ice hockey and girls and boys basketball are now void and new tickets will be sold per the instructions below, per sport.
"We are following the Governor’s instructions and are doing this for the safety of Ohioans," OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass said. "This is a very difficult time and we need our schools and fans to know that we have been told we must do this. We must pull together to do the best we can to conduct these tournaments so that the student athletes can still finish their seasons, which have gotten them to the pinnacle of their sport."
Tickets purchased online via credit card will be refunded by Ticketmaster to the same credit card. Tickets purchased via check will be refunded in approximately four to five weeks. Tickets purchased with cash at the Ohio State University ticket office can be returned for a refund on-site.
At all OHSAA state and regional tournaments this week and next week, all events surrounding the games are cancelled, including special presentations, halftime entertainment, various meetings, merchandise sales and other display booths.
Each state-qualifying wrestler will be allowed to designate four family members who will be permitted to purchase all-session ticket books. State tournament coaches will each be permitted to designate two family members to purchase tickets. Tickets will only be sold as all-session ticket books.
Beginning Wednesday, athletes on the participating basketball team’s tournament roster (players and cheerleaders) can designate four family members to purchase a ticket for the game.
Coaches for that team can each designate two family members to purchase tickets. School administrators and the bus driver each receive one free ticket for themselves and a guest. Each regional site will work with the participating schools regarding its team list and ticket sales process, which will be cash only at entry.
Each of the student athletes on the 16 state-qualifying girls basketball teams will be allowed to designate four family members who will be permitted to purchase single-session tickets at St. John Arena. Each coach and administrator of the state tournament teams will be permitted to designate two family members to purchase tickets. Tickets will only be sold as single-session tickets.
Each student athlete on the four state-qualifying ice hockey teams will be allowed to designate four family members who will be permitted to purchase single-session tickets at Nationwide Arena. State tournament coaches and school administrators will be permitted to designate two family members to purchase tickets. Tickets will only be sold as single-session ticket books.