2020 Las Vegas Bowl becomes coronavirus casualty

2019 Las Vegas Bowl
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Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - Citing the ongoing pandemic, organizers of the Las Vegas Bowl on Wednesday cancelled the college football game for the 2020 season.

“Unfortunately we will have to wait another year to present the Las Vegas Bowl in its new home,” said John Saccenti, Las Vegas Bowl executive director. “This was a difficult decision but the right one considering that our game was founded nearly three decades ago to help drive tourism to the Entertainment Capital of the World during the month of December. We are looking forward to making our bowl week bigger and better than ever in 2021.”

December’s game was slated to be the first bowl game played in Allegiant Stadium and feature a new matchup between the Pac-12 Conference and Southeastern Conference, as part of a rotating cycle that also includes the Big Ten Conference.

"The Pac-12 is disappointed for our teams and fans that the Las Vegas Bowl has been forced to cancel this year's game,” said Larry Scott, Pac-12 Commissioner. “We look forward to next year's game, which promises to be a fantastic national stage in one of the world's best football stadiums, to showcase Pac-12 football.”

“We are disappointed the Las Vegas Bowl has been cancelled for the 2020 football season and will miss the opportunity for SEC student-athletes to experience an exciting new venue,” said Greg Sankey, SEC Commissioner. “We have no doubt the Las Vegas Bowl will be a great part of the future SEC bowl lineup and look forward to our partnership in the years ahead.”

In 2019, the bowl was staged for the final time at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, featuring the Mountain West Champion Boise State Broncos.  Boise State would lose to Pac-12 representative Washington.  The Mountain West will now send it's champion to the new LA Bowl, set to launch later this month.

The decision to cancel the game comes as Nevada state officials ordered a statewide pause that includes reduced public and private gathering size.