Fans, media react to news of CFB Playoff moving on from Rose Bowl as host site
Unable to host any spectators because of California’s strict coronavirus (COVID-19) policies, the Rose Bowl serving as a host site for one of the College Football Playoff semifinal games was a fluid situation.
The issue of parents and spouses not being able to attend was thrust further into the spotlight on Friday when Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney spoke out against potentially having to make the trip.
Hearing the criticism from multiple angles, the Tournament of Roses announced Saturday the game will be moved to Arlington, Texas’ AT&T Stadium, home of the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys.
Once this news became official, fans and media members alike weighed in with their opinions on Twitter.
I cannot stress this enough about the Rose Bowl situation: As soon as it became apparent no West Coast team was going to be involved it made no sense to have the game there.
The Rose Bowl has no power. It was not standing in the way. It was simply waiting to host its game.
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) December 20, 2020
A Rose Bowl not at the Rose Bowl? That's a perfect ending to 2020. #RoseBowl
— Jim Heath (@JimHeathTV) December 20, 2020
I love the #RoseBowl and all of the traditions that come with it. But if California is refusing to have any fans at the semifinal game, then the game had to be moved. Simple as that.
— folesandtrolls (@folesandtrolls) December 20, 2020
No Rose Bowl is the worst
— Dave Duncan (@daveduncan) December 20, 2020
If the Rose Bowl will be played in Texas will all the Roses have to be yellow?
— K.J. Pilcher (@kjpilcher) December 20, 2020
"It is not yet determined if the CFP semifinal in Dallas will be called the CFP Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One. 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." https://t.co/5R9rKNL1O3
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) December 20, 2020
The CFP Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Stadium will be relocated to AT&T Stadium in Dallas on January 1, 2021.
— Rose Bowl Game (@rosebowlgame) December 20, 2020
Good Call CFP, having the Rose Bowl moved to Dallas!! The Buckeyes have good luck in Dallas! #CFBPlayoff
— Referee Brandon Tolle (@RefBrandonTolle) December 20, 2020
The CFP announcing that it is moving out of the Rose Bowl due to "the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Southern California" is an outright fabrication. Positivity rate in L.A. County: 14.7 percent. Positivity rate in Tarrant County, where the game is moving: 17 percent.
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) December 20, 2020
The Rose Bowl won't host the CFP semifinal after all this year… Instead that CFP semifinal game will now be played at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX. CFP's Bill Hancock: “We are pleased that parents and loved ones will now be able to see their students play in the game."
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 20, 2020
Stanford just won a 2OT game at the Rose Bowl right after it was announced the Rose Bowl won't be played there this year. Stanford isn't playing in a bowl itself. They should just say they won the Rose Bowl.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 20, 2020
The real Rose Bowl wouldn’t have topped this Stanford-UCLA game.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 20, 2020
For the first time since 1915 the Rose Bowl will not be played. Thank you, COVID. https://t.co/8AvdMJfDiY
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) December 20, 2020
No Rose Bowl this year. That semifinal moves to JerryWorld. pic.twitter.com/Z20rRpyGK8
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) December 20, 2020