The Oklahoma and Georgia football teams are scheduled to arrive in the Southland Tuesday, six days before they will meet in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl New Year’s Day.
The teams will visit Disney California Adventure Park Wednesday. Oklahoma will participate in Lawry’s Beef Bowl in Beverly Hills Thursday, one day before Georgia.
The teams will practice at StubHub Center in Carson. Practices are closed to the public.
Tickets priced between $180 and $42,750 are available at Primesport.com, the game’s official ticket exchange.
The inaugural Rose Bowl Bash will be held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at The Bloc at Seventh and Hope streets in downtown Los Angeles.
The free event will include family-friendly interactive games, photo activations, a beer garden with televisions to watch sporting events, a DJ booth, team pep bands and cheer squads, and food trucks.
Once every three years, the Rose Bowl Game dispenses with its traditional Big Ten versus Pac-12 matchup to serve as a College Football Playoff Semifinal.
The matchup was determined by the final College Football Playoff rankings, which are made by a 13-member committee of five former coaches, four athletic directors, two former administrators, a college president and a former sports reporter.
Big 12 Conference champion Oklahoma (12-1) was second in the final rankings, one spot ahead of Southeastern Conference champion Georgia (12-1). Top-ranked Clemson (12-1), the Atlantic Coast Conference champion, will face fourth-ranked Alabama (11-1) in the other semifinal, the Sugar Bowl.
The winners will meet for the national championship Jan. 8 in Atlanta.
Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick will skip the trip so he can enter a drug rehab program, a team spokesman said. Patrick started seven games, was a reserve in two others, and was sixth on the team with 35 tackles.
—City News Service