College football bowl game canceled for 2020
If a 2020 college football postseason is held, it will include at least one less bowl game. The 18-year old bowl game most recently known as the Redbox Bowl has been canceled.
Jon Wilner of The Mercury News reports that the coronavirus pandemic is only partially to blame for the game’s cancelation. The Big Ten vs. Pac-12 game was most recently held at Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers and site of the College Football Playoff national championship game for the 2018 season (Clemson vs. Alabama).
According to Wilner’s report, the 49ers decided last winter to not renew the hosting agreement for the game. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the game was unable to find a new host venue.
The game’s executive director Ryan Oppelt provided statements to The Mercury News on the cancelation:
“The San Francisco 49ers and Levi’s Stadium have been incredible stewards of CFB over the last six years, and I, along with so many Bay Area College Football fans, am grateful for all they’ve done to support and promote the game.
“While it’s unfortunate that we are unable to stage the 19th iteration of the Bay Area’s Bowl game this December, I’m confident that the Bowl property, along with the entire live sports, events and tourism industry, will be in a healthier position next year, and we can’t wait to welcome new college football teams and fans back to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2021.”
The game debuted in 2002 as the San Francisco Bowl and later became known as the Emerald Bowl. The cancelation leaves 41 FBS bowl games scheduled.