The Las Vegas Bowl has been canceled because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Executive director John Saccenti says it was a difficult decision but the right one considering the game was founded to help drive tourism to the gambling mecca.

The decision comes as Nevada state officials ordered a statewide pause that includes smaller public and private gatherings.

The game was slated to be the first bowl game played in Allegiant Stadium and was to feature a new matchup between the Pac-12 Conference and Southeastern Conference as part of a rotating cycle that also includes the Big Ten.