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Rangers fans unfazed by coronavirus fears ahead of game at MSG

Posted: 9:22 PM, Mar 03, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-03 21:25:28-05
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MIDTOWN, Manhattan — As the coronavirus, or COVID-19, continues to spread around the world, professional sports leagues in the United States are responding to the outbreak.

Out at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, fans didn't seem too concerned about the spread of the virus as they went to cheer on the Rangers.

"The show must go on," said Steve Rosenfeld as he walked into the venue.

Rosenfeld took public transportation to the game and noticed plenty of people taking precautions to avoid catching the coronavirus, but he was more concerned with catching his team as they try to earn a spot in the playoffs.

The National Hockey League said it is monitoring the virus closely and has been in contact with public health officials in the U.S. and Canada. At this point, the league isn't considering canceling games, but it's a much different case for college basketball.

With March Madness just a couple of weeks away, the National Collegiate Athletic Association said it is considering every scenario, including game cancellations and playing in empty arenas.

The Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds of the tournament are scheduled to take place at Madison Square Garden.

"I think it would take away from the games a lot," said Rangers fan Yousef Amer. "And why do you play games, for the fans right, that's the reason why you play games."

"I have season tickets for 42 years, I couldn't imagine not going to a game," said Rob Mauer.

The NBA and MLB, meanwhile, are taking smaller precautions. Both leagues have urged players to limit contact with fans and opt for fist bumps instead of high-fives to prevent the spread of germs.

Rangers fans at The Garden said they're not turning down a high-five with one of their favorite players if they get the chance.

"I'm going to high-five all my Rangers players if they give me high-fives," said Amer. "I'm not too worried about it."