Holiday Bowl canceled due to pandemic

The SDCCU Holiday Bowl, traditionally one of the biggest pre-New Year’s Day postseason football games, will not be held this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organizers of the San Diego-based game tweeted, “We look forward to coming back stronger than ever at the 2021 SDCCU Holiday Bowl!”

Holiday Bowl CEO Mark Neville added in a statement, “This has been the most difficult decision our board has ever had to make since our bowl game started in 1978. While it’s not the decision we wanted to make, it’s the right decision for our non-profit association and the community for the long term.”

The 2021 Holiday Bowl was due to match up teams from the Pac-12 Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Pac-12 said in a statement, “The Pac-12 shares in the Holiday Bowl’s disappointment that the current COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of this year’s game. The Holiday Bowl is a premier and historic post-season game loved by fans across the country, and we look forward to the 2021 and future editions of the game. We will continue to work with our Bowl partners on our 2020 lineup.”

The site of the Holiday Bowl moving forward is uncertain. The game’s traditional home, SDCCU Stadium (formerly known as Jack Murphy Stadium and Qualcomm Stadium), is due for demolition, leaving the San Diego Padres’ Petco Park a likely football destination.

Three other 2020 bowl games previously were canceled due to the pandemic: the Redbox Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif.; the Bahamas Bowl in Nassau; and the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu.

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