New Year’s 6 bowl game announces it won’t have fans
The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, set for Jan. 2 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., will be played without fans in attendance, the organizers of the annual game announced on Thursday.
“Our staff was incredibly diligent to put health and safety measures in place that earned the endorsement from the Governor’s Office for policies that aligned with recommendations for reducing COVID-19 transmission risk,” Mike Nealy, the executive director of the Fiesta Bowl Organization, said in a statement. “Ultimately, we all need to do our part to ensure the health and safety of our community to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
The Fiesta Bowl, one of the New Year’s 6 games that makes up the College Football Playoff semifinal rotation, is set to be contested between a pair of at-large teams this year. It was a semifinal in the 2019-20 season as 2nd-seeded Clemson beat 3rd-seeded Ohio State 29-23 to advance to the 2020 CFP National Championship Game. Under the current CFP contract, the Fiesta Bowl is set to host a national semifinal in 2022 and 2025.
The news comes as the Rose Bowl Game—a national semifinal this season along with the Sugar Bowl—announced on Thursday afternoon that it would not permit fans this year.
This is the 50th anniversary season of the Fiesta Bowl, which debuted in 1971 at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University. In 2007, it moved to its current home of then-newly-built State Farm Stadium, known at the time as University of Phoenix Stadium.
While no fans will be allowed, the immediate family members of the players can attend, according to the Fiesta Bowl Organization.