A ROSY DAY
Texas lands esteemed 2021 Rose Bowl game
One of the biggest football events of the year is coming to Dallas-Fort Worth: The famous Rose Bowl, which takes place every New Year's Day, is moving from its usual location at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, to AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
According to a release, the decision to move the game is based on the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Southern California, along with the inability to host player and coach guests at any game in California.
California's strict COVID-19 policies would not allow players' families to attend. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly hinted that his team would boycott the game if parents were prohibited from attending. This is the third major U.S. sporting event to be relocated to DFW: The World Series was played at Globe Life Field in October, followed by the National Finals Rodeo in early December.
The Cotton Bowl will also be played at AT&T Stadium on December 30, featuring the Oklahoma Sooners vs. the Florida Gators.
This is only the second time that the Rose Bowl won't take place in Pasadena. David Eads, Tournament of Roses CEO and Executive Director, says in a statement that it wasn't an easy decision.
"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 says.
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