Coronavirus fears affecting sports, entertainment events

Fears of the coronavirus (COVID-19) are beginning to affect sports and entertainment activities and events in the upstate. Some examples just announced today include:
The America concert scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, at the Peace Center has been cancelled.
Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell of America released the following statement:
“In an effort to do our part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus among our fans and the country at large, the band America has made the decision to postpone shows booked for the coming weeks. We will do everything possible to reschedule when feasible. We encourage everyone to stay informed and follow the advice of the medical community to keep themselves healthy at this time.”
Ticket buyers will automatically receive refunds based on their method of payment within the next 48 hours. The Peace Center is working with America’s team to reschedule the concert for a future date.
Currently, the rest of the Peace Center’s schedule of events will continue as planned.
“After consultation with local and state health authorities, including Governor McMaster and his staff and Mayor White’s office,
The Greenville St. Patrick’s Day Committee has made the decision to officially postpone this weekend’s Parade and Festival. We may be able to host a festival or other procession at a later date but those details are unavailable at this time.
Even NASCAR and SEC sports are being affected –
Race events at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway will go on without fans in attendance. The events will be restricted to competitors, crews, officials and other necessary personnel to conduct the race. NASCAR release states, “We will work with public health officials as we determine future scheduling beyond these events.”
the Southeastern Conference announced the suspension of regular-season competition for teams in all sports on SEC campuses, as well as SEC championship events, until March 30.
This does not apply to teams and individuals in the NCAA competition, at this time.
Classes will be canceled for the week after spring break, March 16 – 22.
From Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3, we will suspend all face-to-face instruction in lectures, discussion sections, seminars and other similar classroom settings and move to virtual instruction.
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The iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Festival fueled by ScanSource decided to postpone its event from April 4, 2020 to September 12, 2020. The decision was made in response to the growing number of travel restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus, which directly impacts participation from its festival partners.
“The postponement of iMAGINE Upstate was a difficult decision made in conjunction with City of Greenville officials,” said Hannah Halusker, Director of iMAGINE Upstate & Upstate SC STEM Collaborative. “iMAGINE Upstate strives to provide the best festival experience for attendees, and this is no longer possible without the participation of our national partners.”
iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Festival brings over 75 interactive exhibits and shows emphasizing science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) to downtown Greenville. Now in its 6th year, the free festival engages pre-K through 12th grade students in hands-on learning experiences facilitated by local corporations, schools and nonprofit organizations.
The Senior Follies annual event in Anderson has also been canceled.
 Everyday preventive actions identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be found on their website at