EL PASO, TEXAS (KTSM) — The 87th annual Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl will not be played in 2020, Sun Bowl officials confirmed to KTSM on Monday night.

The news of the cancellation was initially reported by Stadium’s Brett McMurphy. The reason for the game getting canceled is the COVID-19 crisis in El Paso.

“It’s sad, but it’s the best thing we can do for our community (give the COVID-19 situation),” a Sun Bowl official told KTSM.

An official announcement is expected to come on Tuesday.

The Sun Bowl is the second-oldest bowl game behind only the Rose Bowl, and was scheduled to kick off at noon on New Year’s Eve.

Sun Bowl officials told KTSM in mid-November that while they hoped the game would be played, canceling it was not out of the question due to the rash of COVID-19 cases in El Paso.

“If things got really bad, we would just not play it this year,” Sun Bowl executive director Bernie Olivas said at the time.

The cancelation of the football game comes after the Sun Bowl golf tournament, and the Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational basketball tournament were also canceled.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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