The Latest: Kroenke to pay arena employees during shutdown

March 15, 2020

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's effect on sports around the world (all times local):

12:30 a.m..

Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche ownership Kroenke Sports & Entertainment says it will pay its part-time and hourly employees impacted by the cancellations due to the coronavirus outbreak for the next 30 days.

The company also is calling on its vendors and partners to do the same.

"It is a very trying time for our tight-knit sports community, but more importantly for human beings in general," KSE Vice Chairman Josh Kroenke said in a statement Saturday night.

KSE has suspended all events at the Pepsi Center, home of the Nuggets and Avalanche, Paramount Theatre, Dick's Sporting Goods Park, home of the Colorado Rapids, and the 1STBANK Center for 30 days.

"We look forward to seeing all of our fans back in our venues at the appropriate time!" Kroenke said.

11:20 p.m.

Cleveland State women's basketball coach Chris Kielsmeier has tested positive for the coronavirus.

CSU, in a statment released Saturday night, says Kielsmeier is the first confirmed case of the virus at the school, as confirmed by Cuyahoga County health officials.

The university says it is doing everything it can to support Kielsmeier in his recovery and is making sure anyone who came in close contact with the coach is being contacted and give the best medical advice and support.

Kielsmeier said in the statement that it has been a very challenging couple of days and that he is beginning to feel better and looks forward to getting back to 100%.


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