Bowl game season is now upon us, but COVID-19 continues to get in the way.
The New Era Pinstripe Bowl, scheduled for Dec. 29 at Yankee Stadium, has been canceled due to COVID-related concerns, officials announced on Friday.
“Due to the recent increase in coronavirus cases, which has led to the imposition of various travel restrictions and the cancellation of many college football games, including those in the Big Ten and ACC conferences, we have made the decision out of an abundance of caution and in conjunction with both conferences to cancel the 2020 New Era Pinstripe Bowl,” an official statement from the bowl game said.
“The priority of the Yankees, New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Big Ten and ACC is the safety of players, coaches and staff, and this decision is consistent with that approach. We look forward to hosting the New Era Pinstripe Bowl with an enthusiastic crowd filling Yankee Stadium in 2021.”
The Pinstripe Bowl the eighth bowl game to be canceled this year – joining the Fenway Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Bahamas Bowl, Hawaii Bowl, Redbox Bowl, Quick Lane Bowl and Celebration Bowl -- and it is likely more will come.
The Pinstripe Bowl began in 2010 featuring tie-ins from the Big East and Big 12 but switched to the Big Ten and ACC in 2014. Michigan State defeated Wake Forest, 27-21, in last year’s Pinstripe Bowl.