The Rose Bowl, the most famous postseason game in college football, will be played without spectators on Jan. 1.
Organizers said Thursday that the game, which will host one of the College Football Playoff’s national semifinal matchups for this season, would proceed but without fans in the stadium near Los Angeles.
“We continue to work closely with health department officials and the Rose Bowl Stadium to provide the safest possible environment for our game participants,” David Eads, the executive director and chief executive of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, said in a statement on Thursday.
Rose Bowl officials said they had asked the authorities in California to permit limited attendance — last season’s game drew more than 90,000 people — but that “the request was denied based on state and county guidelines.”
Thursday’s announcement came as little surprise to college football officials and fans, particularly as virus cases have been swelling in recent weeks in California. Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed a new round of regional stay-at-home orders on Thursday, limiting store capacity and allowing restaurants to serve only delivery or takeout.
The Tournament of Roses announced in July that the Rose Parade, a New Year’s Day ritual ahead of the game, would be cancelled.
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