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Mercari Texas Bowl cancelled due to COVID-19 cases within TCU football program

Officials said tickets purchased for the game will be refunded and processed through the outlet they were purchased from.
Credit: KHOU
The Mercari Texas Bowl has been cancelled due to an increased number of positive COVID-19 cases within the TCU football program.

HOUSTON — The Mercari Texas Bowl, which was to be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, has been cancelled due to an increased number of positive COVID-19 cases within the TCU football program.

ESPN Events and Lone Star Sport Entertainment made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.

The annual bowl features a matchup between the Big XII and Southeastern conferences. This year’s game was set to feature TCU vs. Arkansas.

“While we are disappointed in cancelling this year’s game, we are looking forward to hosting both the Texas Kickoff and Texas Bowl next season,” David Fletcher, executive director, said. “We appreciate everybody’s support including our new title sponsor Mercari.”

Officials said tickets purchased for the game will be refunded and processed through the outlet they were purchased from.

Jeremiah Donati, the athletic director for TCU, said he was disappointed in the news and heartbroken for their student athletes, coaches and staff.

Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman said this was “a tough way to end our season.”