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Arizona Bowl cancellation felt beyond the football field impacts local economy

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – The Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl was forced to to cancel due to a COVID-19 outbreak in a participating team. The impacts of the match cancellation will extend far beyond the football field.

“We’ve been working all year planning a bowling game. Today is the first day that we are working to unravel this and cancel it, ”said Kym Adair, Arizona Bowl executive director.

Adair said it was disappointing for the hundreds of businesses that benefit from visiting fans. Frog & Firkin CEO Jonathan Graham feels that pain.

“It’s been a long time with all the COVID-related nonsense and now it’s a DeJa’Vu. We were ready for a big day. Lots of bands, we had quite a planned event,” Graham said.

Bowl organizers say the game injects tens of millions of dollars into the local economy every year. It also gives a boost to associations. Adair said the last six games have raised more than $ 4.5 million for charity.

“One of the most disappointing parts of not being able to play this year is that we predicted this year would be the year we could give more money to charity than we could ever give before. “she said.

On a positive note, some of the game day merchandise, which is no longer needed, will be donated to homeless shelters in the area.

“At least these can go into the right hands of people who can use them,” she said.

Now the focus is on the future and the hope that things will improve in 2022.

“We’re going to do our best to go ahead and do what we can to make a good New Years Eve for our employees and for anyone who wants to come and hang on to the Frog anyway,” Graham said. .

Fans who purchased tickets for the match will be reimbursed through SeatGeek and will likely be contacted by the company.

The Downtown Bowl Bash, scheduled for Congress and Fifth Avenue, remains as scheduled for New Years Eve. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more, here.

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