The inaugural L.A. Bowl, set to take place at SoFi Stadium later this month, has been postponed to 2021, the event announced on Monday.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented us from having the game this year, we look forward to hosting teams from the Mountain West and Pac-12 conferences at SoFi Stadium next December,” the bowl’s cancellation statement read.

Following the construction of the Rams’ and Chargers’ new home stadium in Inglewood, the L.A. Bowl was supposed to be a new entrant in the college football scene in Los Angeles featuring teams from the two biggest conferences on the West Coast.

But that will have to wait another year. And the L.A. Bowl’s cancellation makes it now five bowl games with Pac-12 tie-ins that have been called off this year, joining the Holiday, Sun, Las Vegas and Redbox Bowls. The Pac-12 did add an affiliation with the Armed Forces Bowl last week.

“The Pac-12 shares the disappointment of our students-athletes and fans in the postponement of the inaugural L.A. Bowl,” the conference said in a statement. “At the same time, we are looking forward to the L.A. Bowl in 2021 which promises to be an incredible national stage in one of the world’s best sporting venues for one of our Pac-12 teams to showcase their talents.”

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By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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