An announcement was made this week that the College Football Playoff Semifinal football game that was to be held at the Rose Bowl Stadium will be relocated to AT& T Stadium in Dallas, Texas on Jan. 1, 2021, the Tournament of Roses announced.
Because some jobs are essential, the Rose Parade was canceled and replaced with a Hollywood televised special, so actors and actresses will still put on their show, according to a press release that said:
“Past Rose Parade Grand Marshals Emeril Lagasse and Gary Sinise will both be featured in the special. Gary will open the show, and Emeril will shake us up with his favorite New Year’s Day cocktail.
The TV entertainment special – “The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration presented by Honda,” will also feature marching band performances, heartwarming segments related to the Rose Parade, special Rose Bowl Game® football highlights, equestrians, spectacular floats from years past, a behind-the-scenes look into the making of a float and New Year’s wishes from fans around the world.”
Republican Governor Greg Abbott posted on Twitter his encouragement.
EVERYTHING is moving to Texas.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) December 20, 2020
Now the Rose Bowl.
We can send them some Tyler roses. https://t.co/LbAZ7oAWhw
The Hill reported about the change:
California’s ban on spectator sports has caused a College Football Playoff (CFP) semifinal game to move from Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena to AT&T Stadium in Texas.
“The game in Dallas will still be played in the mid-afternoon window on New Year’s Day,” said CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock in a statement. “We are pleased that parents and loved ones will now be able to see their students play in the game.”
According to Hancock, the decision to move the game was mutually made by the CFP’s management committee and the Tournament of Roses, citing the “growing number of COVID-19 cases in Southern California.”
As The Associated Press reported, the Rose Bowl unsuccessfully asked the state government twice for restrictions to be waived.
David Eads, Tournament of Roses CEO and executive director, acknowledged the difficult decision that had been made.
“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,” he said.
PARADE WAS CANCELED:
According to NBC News:
“There won’t be thousands of people watching flower-laden floats roll through the streets of Pasadena on New Year’s Day, but the show will go on.
Performers will also include Mickey Guyton, Tori Kelly, Lady A, Rascal Flatts and husband-and-wife duo The War and Treaty.
Celebrity guests will include Rita Moreno, Emeril Lagasse, Gary Sinise, Daddy Yankee, Shanola Hampton, Dascha Polanco, Vin Scully, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez and Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductee Matt Leinart.
The Tournament of Roses Association says “The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration presented by Honda” will air on ABC, NBC, Hallmark Channel, Univision, RFD-TV and KTLA-Los Angeles. The organizers say performances were filmed at locations around the country to limit travel and ensure safety.