As government and health officials scramble to contain the spread of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, events around the country are being shut down or modified. Officials, after seeing the spike in cases (and fatalities) in Italy and the subsequent shutdown, are now implementing the same measures to major events in the U.S., whether it be canceling, postponing or barring fans.
This is major news in that sports, entertainment and travel are very important keys to the national economy. The loss of revenue to the teams, leagues, television partners and corporate partners will be big but there are many others too that will have a rough couple of months.
Hotels, airlines, arena workers, concession workers, arena security, front office employees, merchandise vendors, food and beverage companies, Uber and Lyft drivers and local establishments all canceled events….The list goes on.
We Are The Mighty will continue to update this list, but here are major national (and some international for fans) events that so far have been affected by the coronavirus.
A full list of all sports events that have been canceled can be found here. This list is mostly international but gives an idea of the scope of event cancellations.
- A coronavirus conference in New York was canceled because of the coronavirus.
- MLB operations suspended indefinitely
- NHL season suspended
- NBA season suspended
- MLS season suspended
- NCAA Tournament canceled
- NCAA Women’s Tournament canceled
- Big Ten Tournament
- SEC Tournament
- Pac 12 Tournament
- Big 12 Tournament
- ACC Tournament
- A-10 Tournament
- Conference USA Tournament
- MAC Tournament
- WAC Tournament
- American Conference Tournament
- UEFA Champions League (Tuesday matches postponed)
- Serie A (Italian soccer)
- La Liga (Spanish soccer)
- Formula 1 has had the McLaren team withdraw from the Australian Grand Prix this week. Next week the Bahrain Grand Prix is due to be raced with no fans.
- U.S. Women’s and Men’s friendly matches canceled
- Coachella postponed until October
- Stagecoach postponed until October
- E3 video game concert
- Miami Open
- SXSW Conference
- Pearl Jam tour postponed
- Adam Sandler tour postponed
- Indian Wells 2020
Universities have been either moving classes online, telling students to move out of dormitories and postponing spring classes and canceling classes outright in some instances.