SEC to disinfect basketballs during tournament because of coronavirus


NASHVILLE (WKYT) - Sanitizing the basketballs with hospital grade disinfectant after each practice and game at this week's Southeastern Conference tournament is just one change because of the coronavirus.

The league says it's putting the measure into effect along with others as the nation grapples with the public health concern, but it has not made any changes to the schedule of events at the tournament in Nashville.

"At this time our focus and expectation is to play the tournament as scheduled. Local authorities have confirmed this approach is consistent with current public health recommendations," the league announced Monday. "We remain alert to any circumstances that could warrant adjustments for the health and well-being of our student-athletes, fans and other participants."

When the tournament starts Wednesday at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, fans and players will find the following health precautions:

  • Additional hand sanitizers will be present at arena entrances and throughout concourse and in meeting rooms
  • Use of hospital grade disinfectant to sanitize locker rooms before teams arrive and upon departure
  • Sanitization of game balls with hospital grade disinfectant after each practice and game
  • Sanitization of team benches plus band and cheerleader seating areas following each game
  • Hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes and Lysol spray in team locker rooms
  • Hand sanitizers at scorer's table, in officials' locker rooms and operations offices
  • Signage throughout concourse to provide Centers for Disease Control preventive action recommendations

    Similar preventive measures will be taken at the SEC Gymnastics Championship March 21 in Duluth, Georgia.