Guaranteed Rate, Birmingham bowls look to return in ’21
The Guaranteed Rate Bowl and Birmingham Bowl are expected to return in 2021 following the cancellation of this year’s games due to a lack of teams.
“Due to unprecedented ramifications from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Guaranteed Rate Bowl has been forced to cancel its 2020 game, originally set for Dec. 26,” the organization wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “We were excited to host two quality institutions and stage a memorable experience for all involved.”
The game was to be held at Chase Field in Phoenix and feature teams from the Big Ten and Big 12. But with a number of programs opting out of postseason play following the struggles of playing amid the pandemic, the bowl game was left without teams to play.
That was the case with the Birmingham Bowl, as well. The game, held annually in Alabama since 2006, was scheduled for Jan. 1.
“We have made the difficult decision to cancel the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl,” executive director Mark Meadows said. “As the inventory of available teams lessened, our ability to stage the game was compromised. We will direct our focus to next year’s bowl, and look forward to staging the game in the 2021 season.”
–Field Level Media