According to the statement, the decision to move the game was based on the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Southern California, as well as the inability of families of players and coaches to attend due to restrictions on state during the pandemic. Since March, not all sporting events in California have been able to accommodate fans and families of participants. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses launched its first call for a special exemption at the Rose Bowl Game in November and followed a second request to the state this month. Both requests were denied.
According to information released on Saturday, the Tournament of Roses had asked public health officials to allow 400 to 500 spectators in the 95,000-seat stadium.
“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 a upward trend. ”
The Tournament of Roses also stated that “with tremendous pressure on medical resources throughout Los Angeles County … the well-being of the student-athlete must come first and that continues to be our top priority.”
It has not been determined whether the CFP semi-final in Dallas will be called the CFP semi-final at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One. The name is part of the master license agreement and is co-owned by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the City of Pasadena.
“We are very grateful to the officials at Rose Bowl and to the City of Pasadena,” CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock said in a statement. “They worked hard to listen to the concerns of the CFP, the teams that could have played there, as well as their state and government officials. ”