The Pasadena Tournament of Roses announced today that due to the COVID-19 restrictions set forth by the state of California, Los Angeles County and the City of Pasadena, spectators will not be allowed to attend the 2021 CFP Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day.

“While we are disappointed that the Rose Bowl Game will not be played in front of spectators, we are pleased that we are still able to hold the game this year, continuing the 100-year plus tradition of The Granddaddy of Them All,” said David Eads, Executive Director and CEO of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. “We continue to work closely with health department officials and the Rose Bowl Stadium to provide the safest possible environment for our game participants.”

The Tournament of Roses requested special permission to allow for a limited number of spectators or a select number of student-athlete and coach guests at the 2021 Rose Bowl Game. The request was denied based on state and county guidelines related to COVID-19 and LA County’s Tier 1 status.

The 2021 CFP Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game will kickoff at 2 p.m. PT in Pasadena on New Year’s Day. Spectators will have multiple viewing options via ESPN’s extensive MegaCast coverage, with live action from Rose Bowl Stadium across several ESPN networks and the ESPN App. The safety and well-being of all those involved in the game remain the Tournament of Roses’ top priority.