Knightro signs a hat for a lucky Knights fan during the second of three games against the Jacksonville Dolphins at John Euliano Park. UCF defeated the Dolphins 3-0 on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco announced Thursday that the conference will suspend all spring sports competition until further notice, effective immediately, according to a press release.

The decision to suspend competition was made after consultation with member institutions as part of a continued effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to protect student-athletes, coaches, institutional and event staff, media and spectators, according to the conference.

The conference also said that "it will continue to evaluate risks associated with intercollegiate athletics competition in conjunction with local and state health authorities."

UCF athletic teams will be permitted to hold practices and team activities but will not travel or participate in competition, according to the university.

Previously, the UCF Athletics Department said there were no recommendations to entirely cancel UCF athletics events before the conference decided to put all spring sports on hold.

They announced earlier today in a statement that it had plans to continue its athletic competition and practice schedules—however, fans were no longer permitted to attend any upcoming Knights' home athletic contests. 

Only student-athletes, coaches, essential event and administrative staff, television partners, credentialed media and immediate family members of participants were to be permitted to attend home events, according to the statement.

They also announced that refunds for fans who have purchased single-game tickets to upcoming sporting events, beginning with the baseball games against Yale this weekend, will be automatically refunded in the next 7-10 business days. 

Refunds for any additional upcoming events will be refunded within 7-10 business days after the scheduled event date, assuming the event is canceled. 

UCF athletics said they will work with season ticket holders at the end of the regular season to determine the impact and offer a partial refund.  

UCF vice president and athletics director Danny White said he and his staff are closely monitoring the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

"First and foremost, we will continue to make decisions in the best interests of the health and safety of our student-athletes and all others connected with our athletic teams and program," White said in a statement. "This is a situation that, quite obviously, is evolving very quickly from one day to the next."

Earlier today, the American Athletic Conference announced that it is canceling the 2020 Air Force Reserve Men's Basketball Championship.

UCF announced Wednesday that it will move to online instruction beginning Monday for at least the next two weeks.

This is a developing story. The story will be updated as information becomes available.

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