WATCH: Nearly empty arena highlights changes to Ohio basketball tournament crowds

The first Ohio high school basketball tournament games with crowd restrictions were played tonight, and the atmosphere was drastically changed.

For example, as seen in the video above, the Centerville-Moeller matchup in a Division I regional semifinal at Cintas Center in Cincinnati was played in front of a nearly empty arena.

The changes were made after Gov. Mike DeWine recommended indoor sporting events not be played in front of general crowds over concerns about spreading the coronavirus.

For boys basketball tournament games, student-athletes on the school tournament roster (players and cheerleaders) can designate four family members to purchase a ticket for the game.

Coaches for the team can each designate two family members to purchase tickets. School administrators and the bus driver each receive one free ticket for themselves and a guest.

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