The Arizona Bowl, in existence since 2015 without a previous cancellation, even last year despite COVID-19 concerns, has announced this year’s scheduled game on New Year’s Eve will not take place.
The bowl, scheduled to be at Arizona Stadium, was canceled Monday after Boise State could not travel to Tucson due to COVID-19 cases within their program. Central Michigan, which arrived in Tucson on Sunday night, will instead play in the Sun Bowl at El Paso on Friday against Washington State.
Washington State was originally slated to play Miami in that game but the Hurricanes also had to withdraw because of COVID-19 cases.
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“We would like to thank our conference partners and corporate sponsors for their support,” the Arizona Bowl mentioned in a statement released on Twitter. “We look forward to providing a world class bowl experience in 2022.”
Teams from the Mid-American Conference and Mountain West are affiliated with the Arizona Bowl through 2025.
Last year’s Arizona Bowl between San Jose State and Ball State was nearly canceled but the game was played in front of no fans at Arizona Stadium because of COVID-19 protocol. The game pitted the champions of the Mountain West and MAC against each other.
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