Though there hasn’t been a lot of meaningful games for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2020 season, the news just came down that AT&T Stadium will host a College Football Playoff Game this season. Per a statement on The Pasadena Tournament of Roses website, the Rose Bowl, which was set to host one of the two College Football Semifinal games will be moved to the home of America’s Team.
In the release, they site the “growing number of COVID-19 cases in Southern California along with the inability to host player and coach guests at any game in California.” It remains to be seen if the game will carry the same moniker as the Rose Bowl is part of a licensing agreement with the City of Pasadena.
The Rose Bowl is set to be played on January first, just two days after AT&T Stadium would play host to the Cotton Bowl Classic.
Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys continue to live the good life as hosts to some of college football’s biggest games. They’ve hosted early-season non-conference games, the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday, and will host two of the biggest bowl games in the postseason after having already hosted the College Football Playoff Championship Game in 2014.
Capacity regulations in Texas have allowed more than 30,000 fans into the stadium for sporting events this year and it’s likely the game was moved for that reason. The opportunity to get some revenue from the gate and concessions was likely a big draw to the College Football Playoff Committee and to the teams that could be participating in the bowl.
After Championship Saturday in college football saw some big time matchups and some blowouts, the College Football Playoff Committee has an interesting decision on their hands for the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff.
Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State figure to be shoe ins for the first three spots. Then it comes down to Notre Dame who holds a win over Clemson earlier in the season, Texas A&M who finished second in the SEC West, Florida who lost in an epic game with Alabama, and undefeated Group of Five member Cincinnati.
Regardless of the matchup, it figures to be a big financial gain for the Jones family. Hosting a game with as much history as the Rose Bowl, with a chance to play for a national championship on the line should be a nice bump in revenue.