CFP still hopeful for Rose Bowl Semifinal to be played in Pasadena
According to a statement from Tuesday evening, the College Football Playoff is still hoping to keep the Rose Bowl Semifinal contest in Pasadena, California.
A report surfaced Monday evening that indicated contending teams from the SEC and the ACC were trying to put pressure on the CFP to move that game out of Pasadena. The reasoning for the pressure is the current restrictions in California that would keep spectators – including the families of players – out of the stadium.
On Tuesday, CFP executive director Bill Hancock put out a statement that said the CFP is still planning on a semifinal being played in Pasadena:
“At this moment, the College Football Playoff looks forward to playing one of the two semi-final playoff games at the Rose Bowl, as scheduled,” Hancock said. “As we move forward with our planning, we continue to hope that the Rose Bowl’s appeal to government officials to allow the families of student-athletes to attend will be permitted, just as student-athlete families will be welcomed at the Sugar Bowl, the other New Years’ Six games and the championship game in Miami.”
Hancock did go on to say that the CFP believes family members could be able to attend the game safely, but it is unclear if the Rose Bowl will be granted exclusion from certain restrictions:
“Given the vast space inside the Rose Bowl stadium, we are confident that if families were able to attend, they could do so in a safe and socially distant manner,” Hancock said. “For many families, this will be the last chance they have to see their sons play college football. We understand that under California’s COVID-19 protocols, fans in general will not be able to attend. We hope the small number of families who want to attend will not be prohibited from doing so.”
While the CFP is still planning on playing in Pasadena, there is still time for that to change, especially if the Rose Bowl is denied having any attendees at all for the semifinal.
Here is a statement from Bill Hancock on the Rose Bowl semifinal situation I wrote about last night.
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