One of the two College Football Playoff semifinal games is currently scheduled to be played at the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.
However, California’s state laws will not allow for families to be in attendance for that game. The Rose Bowl has reportedly made multiple appeals to the state to allow for 400-500 spectators in the 95,000-seat stadium for the Jan. 1 game.
The Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday that those appeals have been denied.
“We understand the honor and tradition that takes place in Pasadena in participating in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day,” Erica Pan, acting state health officer at the California Department of Health, wrote to The Times. “However, there are no boundaries to this virus.”
So, the Rose Bowl will probably be moved elsewhere.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 19, 2020
From the report:
A possible landing spot would be AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. However, that stadium is set to host the Cotton Bowl Classic on Dec. 30, which would make the turnaround a challenge.
ESPN announced this week that Capital One will be the game’s new presenting sponsor.
Tournament of Roses officials made a concerted effort for family and friends to attend the game, but received a two-page letter from the state Thursday night denying the latest appeal.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said this week that the Fighting Irish might not play in the playoff if families can’t attend.
“I’m not sure we’ll play in the playoffs if the parents can’t be there,” Kelly said. “Why would we play if you can’t have families at the game? If you can’t have families at bowl games, why would you go to a game where your families can’t be part of it? What’s the sense of playing a game in an area of the country where nobody can be part of it?”
A decision on the Rose Bowl is expected soon.
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