Michigan was forced to postpone or cancel all sports-related activities due to the deadly COVID-19. The move has caused professional sports and high school state tournaments to be put on hold in an attempt to halt the spread of the viral infection.
The Detroit Sports Commission made an announcement that it will be canceling nine sporting events in the next month and a half, according to Michigan Live. The nine events include the NCAA’s Frozen Four for men’s ice hockey. The Detroit Sports Commission helped to bring these sporting events to Metro Detroit.
The move to cancel is among many such decisions that have been made in recent days and weeks. Detroit Pistons and Detroit Red Wings seasons are among those affected. Detroit Tigers have been hit by at least a two-week season delay.
According to Dave Beachnau, the senior vice president of Detroit Sports Commission, the cancellations have led to the region losing about $10 million. Speaking in a teleconference, Beachnau said, “The economic impact and everything that’s happened over the last couple of days in terms of these events canceling... it’s bigger than sports to us. We have to keep that in perspective. The health and well-being of everyone that’s involved in those events -- from student athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, administrators and fans -- are of the utmost importance and priority. So we can’t lose sight of that.”
The Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit was the venue for the NCAA Frozen Four games that were to be held on April 9. Later on, the championship would have taken place on April 11.
The NAIA men’s and women’s bowling national championships, the USA Fencing North American Cup, the NCAA men’s and women’s fencing championships, the NCAA women’s bowling championships, three tiers of USA Hockey national team championships and IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship are the other events that Metro Detroit has been forced to cancel.