Statement regarding the 2020 Albany Basketball Fan Fest and Selection Show Watch Party

The following statement may be attributed to Sports Foundation of the Capital Region Chairman Brian Akley and Discover Albany President and CEO Jill Delaney:

“In light of the NCAA’s decision to conduct its upcoming championship events with only essential staff and limited family in attendance, the 2020 Albany Basketball Fan Fest has been cancelled.

In addition, the 2020 Albany Basketball Watch Party, scheduled for Sunday, March 15 at the Times Union Center, has also been cancelled.

While this is certainly a disappointing time, the Capital Region Local Organizing Committee wholeheartedly supports the decision by the NCAA and thanks the organization for selecting Albany and the Times Union Center to serve as a host site for the first and second rounds of the men’s college basketball tournament.

We also wish to thank our numerous supporters and partners who worked tirelessly during the many months preceding the tournament, and committed significant resources, to make this an unforgettable experience for both local basketball fans and those who were planning to visit our region.

We look forward to working with all of our event partners on future fan activities.”