Coronavirus in Oklahoma: NCAA cancels WCWS, sends shock waves around OKC
The NCAA announced it was cancelling its winter and spring championships Thursday afternoon in light of the coronavirus pandemic -- and that includes the Women's College World Series.
The news sent shock waves through Oklahoma City, which has become the permanent home of the softball championship.
"I could cry," said Sue Hollenbeck, director of sports business at the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau which is in charge of local organization of the WCWS.
Hollenbeck was caught completely off guard.
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"I just saw it," she said shortly after the NCAA released the news Thursday. "I'm like, 'Wait a minute. Wait. Seriously? Spring?"
The NCAA announced Wednesday its winter championships, including the men's and women's basketball tournaments, would be played without fans in the stands, but after cancellations in the sports world escalated later Wednesday and early Thursday, there was wide-spread speculation the NCAA would cancel the winter championships.
There was no talk of spring championships being impacted.
"It's 10 weeks away," Hollenbeck said, who had not yet had any contact with NCAA officials. "Unless they're thinking that the teams, they can't play for three or four weeks ... I don't know.
"I'm just so upset for everybody right now. Not just us. Just for everybody.