The Tony the Tiger Solar Bowl, which has been performed yearly since its inception in 1935, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.
An official announcement is anticipated Tuesday. Stadium first reported the Solar Bowl’s pending announcement.
The sport was scheduled for the Solar Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31.
El Paso has been coping with a COVID-19 surge for a number of weeks, bringing in cell morgues and the Nationwide Guard to assist.
The Solar Bowl had been performed in every of the earlier 86 seasons, tying it for the second-longest consecutively performed postseason bowl sport, behind solely the Rose Bowl Sport Introduced by Northwestern Mutual, which has been performed yearly since 1916.
The Solar Bowl is the ninth bowl sport canceled due to COVID-19; the Bahamas, Celebration, Fenway, Hawaii, Vacation, Motor Metropolis, Pinstripe and Redbox bowls are the others.
The Solar Bowl pits groups from the ACC and Pac-12. The ACC has now misplaced 4 bowl video games that it had tie-ins with (Fenway, Vacation, Pinstripe and Solar) and the Pac-12 has misplaced three (Vacation, Redbox and Solar).