The Rose Bowl is the Latest Entity Fleeing California

December 20, 2020

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., performs a flyover during the National Anthem at the 2018 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 1, 2018.

The College Football Playoff semifinal scheduled to be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Jan. 1., but that isn’t happening.

News came last yesterday that the Rose Bowl is relocating to the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium in Texas, a move spurred on by California’s restrictive ban on spectators at sporting events during the pandemic.

The Rose Bowl asked the state for an exception to the restriction, but was denied twice, including earlier this week. In response, the College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said Saturday night that conference commissioners who make up the playoff management committee and the Tournament of Roses mutually agreed to relocate the game.

“The game in Dallas will still be played in the mid-afternoon window on New Year’s Day,” Hancock said in a statement. “We are pleased that parents and loved ones will now be able to see their students play in the game.”

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