Posted: Saturday March 23, 2013 2:35 PM

Arena hosting NCAA tourney games briefly evacuated

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A fire alarm triggered a brief evacuation Saturday of the University of Texas arena hosting NCAA tournament games.

The alarm went off the day between games at the Erwin Center and during Miami's allocated 90-minute practice period inside.

There were no reports of any injuries or problems with the building. The alarm was apparently activated by a minor mechanical issue.

Since there were no games Saturday and practices were closed, there were no fans in the building.

Arena workers, NCAA and team officials and media were allowed back in the building after about 25 minutes, though a fire truck with its lights flashing still was parked outside a main entrance. That truck pulled away soon after that.

It wasn't immediately clear how the evacuation affected Miami's practice, or if the Hurricanes planned to use all of their allotted time.

However, NCAA officials did push back all scheduled media interviews with the teams by 30 minutes. Those previously set sessions were to begin with Miami players after they finished practice.

 
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