The Rose Bowl, the much-loved sporting event has been shifted to Arlington during the COVID-19 pandemic, as Texas allows fans to enjoy sports where local health departments and teams feel it is safe.
The lockdown restrictions in California do not allow players' families to attend the Rose Bowl. Notre Dame's head coach said his team wouldn't play if parents couldn't attend.
Friday was the first time the Rose Bowl was played outside of California since 1942.
Texas continues to host sporting events with fans than any other state during the pandemic.
Huey Johnson is a Notre Dame fan from East Texas. He was just outside the AT&T Stadium on New Year’s Day as only 18,000 fans were allowed inside, and he said he couldn't get a ticket. He said, "I’d be willing to watch it anyway I can. I’m out here right now because I didn’t think I could be in there but if I was able to go in there, I’d be there right now."
Arlington has conducted all sorts of events during the pandemic.
The Cowboys lead the league in attendance, and it’s really not close, as they have averaged more than 27,000 fans a game.
The team behind them, the Jacksonville Jaguars, has averaged less than 16,000 fans.
Arlington hosted the World Series when the Tampa Bay Rays lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Globe Life Field.
In December, Globe Life Field hosted the 10-day National Finals Rodeo.
The Arlington Fire Department and Arlington’s Public Health Authority confirmed that a public health and safety operational plan for visitors.
Fans must wear masks inside the stadium, and some social distancing measures are in place.