The game will be relocated to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX as families of football teams will not be able to attend a game at the Rose Bowl. The Tournament of Roses said they received a message at the end of this week that the State of California will not be making any specific exceptions for players invited to the game.
It is not yet determined what the name of this semi-final match will be, according to the Tournament of Roses website. The other semi-final game is the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana.
In a statement, College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock said it was a mutual agreement between the College Football Playoff Management Committee and the Tournament of Roses “given the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Southern California ”.
“We are happy that parents and loved ones can now see their students playing in the game,” Hancock said.
“Add that to the list of ways 2020 demanded flexibility and last-minute accommodations from everyone in college football. Considering all of the complexities and difficulties involved, this is the best outcome for everyone involved. ”
The four-team college football qualifiers will be announced on Sunday. The semi-finals are on January 1 and the national championship game is scheduled for January 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
“We know the decision was not an easy one,” said David Eads, CEO and executive director of the Tournament of Roses, in a statement. “While we remain confident that a game could have been played at Rose Bowl Stadium, as evidenced by other college and pro games taking place in the region, the projection of COVID-19 cases in the region has continued. on an upward trend. ”
Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly told reporters on Friday he was not sure his team would play in the playoffs if the families couldn’t be there. Kelly supported moving the Rose Bowl semi-final to a different location.
“They have to figure out how to make sure that whatever sites they play on, parents are going to watch their sons play,” Kelly said.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney echoed Kelly’s statements on Friday.
“It doesn’t make sense to me to put a bunch of kids on a plane and take them to California to play in an empty stadium. It doesn’t make sense when you have a lot of stadiums where you can have fans and, most importantly, you can have families. ”
Jacob Lev of CNN contributed to this report.