CFP semifinal moved from Rose Bowl to Texas due to California shutdown

Ashley Terrell

The CFP will now be held at the AT&T Stadium in Texas instead of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on Jan. 1

The College Football Playoff semifinal game is now heading to Texas due to California’s current ban on spectator sports, caused by a rise in coronavirus cases.

The CFP will now be held at the AT&T Stadium in Texas instead of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on Jan. 1, according to The Hill.

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In an official statement from Bill Hancock, CFP executive director, said it was a mutual decision between the CFP’s management committee and the Tournament of Roses.

“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 Arlington, TX,” Hancock said.

View of the entrance to the Rose Bowl before the game between the UCLA Bruins and the Washington Huskies on October 6, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
View of the entrance to the Rose Bowl before the game between the UCLA Bruins and the Washington Huskies on October 6, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Hancock continued to praise The Rose Bowl and the City of Pasadena for their involvement.

“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,” Hancock said. “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.”

In this Jan. 6, 2014, file photo, a vendor sells a program outside the Rose Bowl before the BCS National Championship NCAA college football game between Auburn and Florida State in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
In this Jan. 6, 2014, file photo, a vendor sells a program outside the Rose Bowl before the BCS National Championship NCAA college football game between Auburn and Florida State in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

According to the Associated Press, the Rose Bowl made attempts to ask California for an exception to the current restrictions – that’s been in place since March – but was denied twice.

UCLA has reportedly played its home football games at the Rose Ball since last month.

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David Eads, Tournament of Roses CEO and Executive Director, said the decision “as not an easy one to make,” but had to be settled in consideration of the rise of COVID-19 cases, leading to stay-at-home orders.

 “While we remain confident that a game could have been played at the Rose Bowl Stadium, as evident in the other collegiate and professional games taking place in the region, the projection of COVID-19 cases in the region has continued on an upward trend,” Eads said.

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