List of Oregon sporting events affected by the coronavirus
The coronavirus has been heavily affecting sports all over the world.
Games are being played without fans, or even cancelled altogether, to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Here are the events in Oregon that have been impacted.
Portland Trail Blazers games
Following Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert testing positive for COVID-19, the Jazz's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder was cancelled on the spot with minutes before tipoff. Shortly after, the NBA season was suspended.
This includes the Trail Blazers who were set to begin a four-game homestand and had 16 games remaining in their regular season.
Portland center Jusuf Nurkic was set to make his return to the court against the Houston Rockets on March 15 after being sidelined for nearly a year with a fractured left leg suffered against the Brooklyn Nets on March 25, 2019.
Here's the NBA's full statement.
NEW YORK, March 11, 2020 – The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. At that time, tonight’s game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena.
The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.
Portland Timbers games
The Portland Timbers had played two games of the MLS regular season before the league got postponed at least 30 days.
Here's the MLS' full statement.
Major League Soccer has suspended match play for 30 days, effective immediately, as the league continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 with its medical task force and public health officials.
At the appropriate time, the league and clubs will communicate plans for the continuation of the 2020 season and update the status of league events.
Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season – based on the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “We’d like to thank our fans for their continued support during this challenging time.
NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Opening Weekend
Both the No. 2 Oregon Ducks and No. 14 Oregon State Beavers were set to host the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament after getting a four-seed or higher by the selection committee, but the NCAA has announced that all tournament games, men's and women's, will be played without fans in attendance.
2020 NCAA Division I Women’s Regionals
The NCAA's restriction of not having fans in attendance extends to the regionals in Portland, which the Oregon Ducks were widely expected to play in as the one-seed.
Last season, the two-seed Oregon Ducks got to play at the Moda Center for the Portland Regionals attracting more than 11,000 fans for the Elite Eight matchup between Oregon and the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
2020 Nike Hoop Summit
Each year, Moda Center hosts the Nike Hoop Summit that has the best high school basketball prospects from the United States take on the world's best high school prospects in a scrimmage. This year's event is set for April 10th but if Governor Brown's mandate of no events with more than 250 people remains intact, then it will not happen with fans at least, or at all.
OSAA basketball at Chiles Center, Gill Coliseum
The OSAA basketball playoffs at the Chiles Center at the University of Portland tipped off on March 11 starting with the women's quarterfinals and the men's quarterfinals scheduled for the 12th.
The OSAA announced that no fans and limited family will be allowed at the remaining games at Chiles Center for the 6A State Playoffs.
One day after that announcement, the OSAA said that no more games at Gill Coliseum will occur for the 5A State Playoffs.
2020 OSAA Dance and Drill State
The 2020 OSAA Dance and Drill State Championships are scheduled for March 20 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. You can still buy tickets at the time of this article but the OSAA announced that all championship events will go on without spectators.
Portland Winterhawks games
Given Governor Brown's mandate, the Winterhawks are looking into ways to move forward as of the timing of this article.
Here's their full statement.
In light of the Governor’s announcement limiting public gatherings to no more than 250 people, the Portland Winterhawks and the Western Hockey League are currently assessing the situation. No final decisions regarding upcoming games have been made at this point.
The safety and health of our fans, players, employees, and community at large is of utmost importance.
The Portland Winterhawks will communicate with fans and ticket holders via email as soon as we have more information. We appreciate your patience in this ever-changing environment.
Additionally here is the NHL's most recent statement.
The NHL has been attempting to follow the mandates of health experts and local authorities, while preparing for any possible developments without taking premature or unnecessary measures," Bettman said. "However, following last night's news that an NBA has tested positive for coronavirus—and given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms and it now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point—it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.
Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent, so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy.
Portland Shamrock run
The annual Portland Shamrock run has been postponed. It was originally set for the weekend of March 13-15.
Portland Thorns Spring Invitational
The Portland Thorns Spring Invitational was set to occur at Providence Park from March 29 - April 4. The fifth-annual, four-team invitational was set to feature Thorns FC, the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team, Chicago Red Stars and Reign FC.
Given Governor Brown's mandate and the postponing of the MLS season, the event has been officially canceled.
Here's the Thorns official statement.
The Portland Timbers are in full support of Major League Soccer’s decision to postpone the 2020 season for 30 days. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our fans. Throughout the process, we have worked in tandem with local health authorities to help keep our fans, staff, players and community safe from the spread of COVID-19.
Additionally, in accordance with today’s mandate by the State of Oregon to cancel public gatherings of more than 250 people, we have canceled the Portland Thorns FC preseason tournament, scheduled to take place from March 29-April 4.
The status of future matches for both clubs will be determined at a later date in conjunction with Major League Soccer, the National Women’s Soccer League, public health authorities and government agencies.
Tickets purchased for postponed events are good for the new date of the match. With regard to canceled games, the Timbers and Thorns FC will reach out to fans with next steps.
Oregon Football Portland Practice
The Oregon Ducks football team had planned on doing a Portland practice at Hillsboro Stadium on March 14 but announced that the event has been canceled.
Here is a statement from Oregon Athletics on the situation:
Out of an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans, the University of Oregon football practice scheduled for Saturday in Hillsboro has been cancelled. We love the annual tradition of hosting an open spring football practice in the Portland area and the opportunity it provides our program to interact with the best fan base in college football. We look forward to continuing this tradition next spring. We thank our passionate and loyal Duck fans for their understanding as we all face the challenges of the coronavirus.