Sun Bowl’s Fan Fiesta cancelled; WSU’s band no longer travelling to El Paso

El Paso News

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The annual fan-favorite Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta has been cancelled, according to Sun Bowl Association officials.

Originally scheduled for December 30, at the El Paso Convention Center, the show would have featured bands from both schools, as well as cheerleaders, spirit squads and visitors. Officials add that some vendors also pulled out of the event.

Central Michigan and Washington State are slated to play in the 88th annual Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl. However, many changes are now being put in on short notice after CMU was added to replace Miami due to COVID-19 issues for the Hurricanes.

Washington State’s band and cheerleaders will not be coming to El Paso at all, WSU athletic director Pat Chun said on Tuesday. The school had to make a decision whether to schedule a charter for the band before Central Michigan was added to the bowl; instead of bring the band and spirit squads to El Paso on the chance the game didn’t happen, they instead kept them in Pullman.

As for the Chippewas, they are practicing in Tucson, after the Arizona Bowl was cancelled on Monday. CMU will travel to El Paso on Thursday. They will play the game with Sun Bowl, as well as Arizona Bowl patches on their jerseys.

Tickets for the game are fully refundable, according to Sun Bowl executive director Bernie Olivas, but they’re hoping the same amount of fans will still fill the stadium.

“This is the way things in the world are going, unfortunately…with the bands and the cheer squads being the highlight of the event and keeping safety in mind, as this is an indoor event, we thought it’d be best to cancel for this year.  We hope everyone remains safe and makes it out to the Big Game on December 31st at 10 a.m.”

Executive Director Bernie Olivas

Association officials promise that the Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta will return next year.

The 88th Annual Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl is set for 10 a.m. (MT) on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 at Sun Bowl Stadium with Washington State taking on Central Michigan.

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