Friday’s Rose Bowl reunion between Alabama’s No.1 and Notre Dame’s No.4 will be unlike any in bowl history.
Indeed, it will not take place in the historic Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California. The game has been moved from its traditional site at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (normally the site of the Cotton Bowl), following the COVID -19 pandemic. The rising cases have forced the state of California to ban participation in sporting events, and policymakers would not make exceptions for “The Granddaddy of Them All.”
Here’s what you need to know about the game, why it was moved, and ticket prices for the college football playoff single semi-final.
Why did the Rose Bowl move to Texas?
Policymakers wouldn’t make an exception for fans to attend the Rose Bowl, but it wasn’t for lack of effort on the part of the event’s organizers. They are said to have twice asked California to allow a few hundred family members to attend the game, exempting the game from the state’s strict fan attendance policies.
They were repelled both times, December 3 and 19. After the Rose Bowl committee was denied a second time, the game was moved to AT&T Stadium.
“We know the decision was not easy to make”, David Eads, CEO and General Manager of the Tournament of Roses, said in a press release. “While we remain confident that a game could have been played at Rose Bowl Stadium, as evidenced by other college and pro games taking place in the region, the projection of COVID-19 cases in the region has continued. on an upward trend.
Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the Playoffs, said, “We are very grateful to the people in charge of Rose Bowl and the City of Pasadena. They worked hard to listen to the concerns of the CFP, the teams that could have played there, and their state and government officials.
The inability of players and coaches’ families to attend the game was a hot topic of discussion among several FBS coaches who did not see the point of attending a game that no one could watch.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly in particular mocked the idea of playing in an empty Rose Bowl Stadium; before the match move to Arlington on December 19, he suggested that the Fighting Irish might not play in the playoffs if they were forced to play in Pasadena. (The other semi-final game, the Sugar Bowl, had previously announced that it would allow a maximum of 3,000 fans to attend).
“I’m not sure we’ll play the playoffs if the parents can’t be there,” Kelly told reporters ahead of the CCA Championship game. “Why would we play if you can’t have families at the game? If you can’t have families at bowling games, why would you go to a game where your families can’t be a part? What’s the meaning? to play a game in an area of the country where no one can play?
“Why can’t it be the Rose Bowl in Las Vegas or the Rose Bowl in another city?” Kelly said. “Where’s the flexibility for the student-athlete, that’s all I’m saying. The only thing these kids have been is incredibly flexible, and on the other hand, we can’t be flexible? hard to imagine. “
Kelly was strongly criticized for his comments after being completely demolished by Clemson in the ACC title game, barely sneaking into the Playoffs as a No.4 seed. But Dabo Swinney, coach of No.2 Clemson, was agree with his counterpart:
“It doesn’t make sense to me to put a bunch of kids on a plane and fly them to California to play in an empty stadium,” Swinney said. “It does not mean anything.”
Alabama, the top seed in the 2020 playoffs, were given a choice of where they wanted to play their semi-final game. Once it was announced the Rose Bowl semi-final would be played at AT&T Stadium, Nick Saban and Co. turned down the Sugar Bowl so he could play in Texas. And so No.4 Notre Dame, despite Kelly’s previous comments, accepted the Rose Bowl invitation.
How much do Rose Bowl tickets cost?
Fans who hope to win a ticket to the one-off semi-final will need to open their wallet. The Fort Worth Star Telegram (Austin, TX), citing TicketIQ.com, reported that Rose Bowl tickets in the secondary market are, on average, the highest they have been over the past decade: $ 893.
Below are several pricing options for the roughly 16,000 tickets available at AT&T Stadium: