The College Football semifinal game will be at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Normally the game would have taken place at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. The game will take place on Jan. 1.
According to ESPN, the decision to move the stadium was based on the increase in COVID-19 cases in Southern California. There are also state restrictions that would not allow for the families of both players and coaches to attend.
In March, certain areas of California announced that their contact sports would be banned. This meant that most California sports chose to cancel or think on their toes.
For example, the San Francisco 49ers left Levi’s Stadium due to the same restrictions. They now operate out of the Arizona Cardinals’ stadium instead.
Normally, the Rose Bowl has up to 95,000 spectators. The tournament asked health officials if 400 to 500 would be acceptable.
In order to protect the county with a huge increase in COVID-19 cases and student-athletes, the answer was no.
“We know that the decision was not an easy one to make. 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,” David Eads, CEO and executive director of the tournament said in a statement.
The final teams fighting for spots in the playoff are likely between Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Texas A&M.
News of the Switch
The Rose Bowl switched from Pasadena in the past. During WWII, the game took place on Duke University’s campus instead.
Most fans are taking the news well since the decision helps ensure safety. However some fans offered their own suggestions for where the game should take place in stead of the Cowboys stadium.
One 247Sports editor, Dean Straka, garnered a number of hilarious responses after tweeting: “Where should the #RoseBowl have actually relocated to? Wrong answers only.”
From the Staples Center to Pasadena, Texas to wherever one of the disappearing monoliths is, people had a lot of suggestions.