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Gator Bowl may be COVID casualty

The city has reached an agreement with Gator Bowl Sports for the annual Taxslayer Gator Bowl to continue thorugh the 2025-26 season at TIAA Bank Field.
Gary Lloyd McCullough
For the Times-Union
The Gator Bowl may not happen this year because of COVID-19.

The 2021 Taxslayer Gator Bowl that’s scheduled to be played on New Years Eve in Jacksonville may not happen due to a COVID 19 outbreak on one of the teams.

Texas A&M was set to play Wake Forest, but some Aggies players have tested positive for COVID. 

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Chairman John Duce says his organization is looking to find another college football team to take the Aggies’ place within the next two days. 

If the game is not played, both teams will lose out on a more than $5 million payout.

The Gator Bowl is a more than 70-year tradition in Jacksonville. 

“We are disappointed that Texas A&M University and the Aggie fans will be unable to represent the Southeastern Conference in Jacksonville at this year’s TaxSlayer Gator Bowl game," TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Chairman Duce said in a statement. "However, the health and safety of the student-athletes, coaches and staff remains our primary concern”