College Football Playoff semifinal game moving from the Rose Bowl
Since the Rose Bowl was denied a special exemption from the state of California to allow fans to attend the College Football Playoff semifinal on Jan. 1, the venue for the game was up in the air.
According to a news release, the semifinal has been relocated to AT&T Stadium in Dallas. The game will be broadcast by ESPN. The title of the game is unknown. The name is a part of the Master License Agreement and is co-owned by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the City of Pasadena.
“We know that the decision was not an easy one to make,” said David Eads, Tournament of Roses CEO and Executive Director. “While we remain confident that a game could have been played at the Rose Bowl Stadium, as evident in the other collegiate and professional games taking place in the region, the projection of COVID-19 cases in the region has continued on an upward trend.”
Since March, all sporting events played in California have been unable to host spectators and participant families. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses made its first appeal for a special exception at the Rose Bowl Game in November and made a second request to the state in December. Both requests were denied.