CFP semifinal moved from Rose Bowl to AT&T Stadium in Texas


The School Soccer Playoff semifinal scheduled to be performed on the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Jan. 1 is relocating to the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium in Texas, a transfer prompted by California’s ban on spectators at sporting occasions throughout the pandemic.

School Soccer Playoff government director Invoice Hancock stated Saturday evening that convention commissioners who make up the CFP administration committee and the Match of Roses mutually agreed to relocate the sport due to the “rising variety of COVID-19 circumstances in Southern California.”

“The sport in Dallas will nonetheless be performed within the mid-afternoon window on New 12 months’s Day,” Hancock stated in an announcement. “We’re happy that folks and family members will now have the ability to see their college students play within the recreation.”

The choice, introduced about 13 1/2 hours earlier than the playoff subject was scheduled to be set Sunday, is simply the newest twist throughout a school soccer season performed by way of myriad COBID-19 disruptions.

The Rose Bowl, know because the Granddaddy of all faculty soccer’s postseason video games, has been performed yearly since 1916.

Coaches and faculty officers with playoff contenders have complained concerning the Rose Bowl being unable to accommodate gamers’ members of the family due to California’s COVID-19 restrictions, put in a spot because the state tries to battle a public well being disaster that’s straining its hospitals.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly even prompt that if the Combating Irish have been chosen to play within the Rose Bowl, the college would boycott if gamers couldn’t have household attend.

Not one of the groups in rivalry to be chosen for the playoff are from the western United States.

The Rose Bowl requested the state for an exception to the restriction, however was denied twice, together with earlier this week. The restrictions have been in place since March and UCLA has performed its dwelling soccer video games on the Rose Bowl since November, together with its regular-season finale Saturday evening.

“We all know that the choice was not a simple one to make,” stated David Eads, Match of Roses CEO and Government Director. “Whereas we stay assured {that a} recreation may have been performed on the Rose Bowl Stadium, as evident within the different collegiate {and professional} video games going down within the area, the projection of COVID-19 circumstances within the area has continued on an upward development.”

The opposite School Soccer Playoff semifinal on Jan. 1 might be held in New Orleans on the Sugar Bowl, with present plans to permit 3,000 followers on the Superdome. The championship recreation is scheduled for Jan. 11 at Arduous Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Hancock stated it had not but been decided if the semifinal at AT&T Stadium in Arlington would nonetheless be known as the Rose Bowl. The identify is a part of licensing settlement and is co-owned by the Pasadena Match of Roses and the Metropolis of Pasadena.

If not, it will be the primary time in additional than 100 years no Rose Bowl recreation was performed after a school soccer season. The primary Rose Bowl was performed Jan. 1, 1902.

The final time the Rose Bowl recreation was performed outdoors Pasadena, California, was 1942. The sport between Oregon State and Duke was performed in Durham, North Carolina, as a result of the West Coast was deemed unsafe after the assaults on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

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