On Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, Loud and Live Sports (LLS) announced that the West Coast Classic and Granite Games are officially postponed due to complications created by COVID-19. The new dates have not yet been determined.
Whether or not either event will even happen in 2021 — even with requisite changes to better accommodate peoples’ safety — is still up in the air. In their announcement, LLS stated, “The team is hard at work figuring out the future of these two events, and if they will take place in 2021, and in what capacity. While we do not currently have projected dates at this time, we will happily share more information as soon as we have it.”
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Impact of COVID-19
These are not the first events that LLS would cancel due to the ongoing pandemic. Matt O’Keefe, the President of LLS, announced previously on John Wooley and Niki Brazier’s Make Pods Great Again podcast that the 2021 Wodapalooza event was canceled and would return in 2022.
LLS has previously coordinated virtual events to circumvent gathering in-person during the pandemic. Back in March 2020, they officially launched the global fundraising initiative United in Movement to produce 48 hours of live content involving over 100,000 participants in order to raise over a million dollars for pandemic-related relief efforts. There was not any mention if LLS had considered moving either the West Coast Classic or the Granite Games online as other competitions, such as the 2020 Rogue Invitational, had done to successful results.
We are heartily trying our best to provide an opportunity to compete and gather together, as part of a complete season, and as soon as possible.
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We will update this article with additional information regarding new dates for both events when they are made available.
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