2021 Holiday Bowl canceled due to COVID

December 28th, 2021

The Holiday Bowl, scheduled to take place Tuesday at Petco Park, has been canceled just hours before kickoff due to COVID-19 cases within UCLA's football program.

The game between UCLA and N.C. State was set to be the first of five Holiday Bowls at the San Diego Padres' ballpark.

The news comes just days after Wednesday night's Fenway Bowl game in Boston between the University of Virginia and SMU also had to be canceled due to a number of COVID-19 cases impacting Virginia's roster.

"We have been notified by the Holiday Bowl that tonight’s game at Petco Park will not be played due to COVID-19 protocols within UCLA’s football program," the Padres said in a statement. "While we are disappointed that the game will not be played tonight, we look forward to future Holiday Bowls at Petco Park in America’s Finest City."

Information on ticket refunds will be announced soon, the Padres said.