CFB Playoff semifinal game won’t be played at the Rose Bowl
The College Football Playoff semifinal game that was supposed to be held at the Rose Bowl has ultimately been moved.
It had to be moved to AT&T Stadium in Dallas due to the COVID-19 restrictions in California. If the game were to be played in Pasadena, there weren’t going to be any fans allowed at the stadium.
The CFP semifinal will be moved from the Rose Bowl to AT&T Stadium.
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) December 20, 2020
NEWS: The CFP Semifinal officially relocating from Rose Bowl to AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Not resolved yet whether it will carry the Rose Bowl name.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 20, 2020
After these tweets came out, College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock released a statement confirming the change of plans. Hancock said:
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“The College Football Playoff Management Committee and Tournament of Roses have mutually agreed that, given the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Southern California, the CFP semifinal game previously scheduled to be played at the Rose Bowl Stadium will now be played at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX.”
“The game in Dallas will still be played in the mid-afternoon window on New Year’s Day.”
“We are pleased that parents and loved ones will now be able to see their students play in the game.”
“We are very grateful to Rose Bowl officials and the City of Pasadena. They have worked hard to listen to the concerns of the CFP, the teams that might have played there, and their state and government officials. The Tournament of Roses has acted in the best interest of the people who live in Southern California. And we’re grateful to Cotton Bowl and AT&T Stadium officials for their ability to make this late switch possible.”
“Add this to the list of ways 2020 has demanded flexibility and last-minute accommodation from everyone in college football. Given all the complexities and difficulties involved, this is the best outcome for everyone concerned.”
The official matchup for the game will be announced tomorrow when the final CFP rankings come out.