Last year, the Valley of the Sun lit up as the University of Phoenix Stadium played host to Super Bowl XLIX. Aside from the game (and it’s thrilling ending), the rest of the city was alive from sun up to sun down. Countless parties, performances, fan experiences and an influx of celebrities filled the greater Phoenix area. This year, the University of Phoenix Stadium will play host yet again, to another championship game. On January 11, the College Football Playoff National Championship will be played between the top two college football teams and will be surrounded by a variety of fan events including a free concert series. Read on for details on each event.
Playoff Fan Central | Phoenix Convention Center | More Info & Tickets Here
Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the participating teams or still reeling over your team’s playoff loss, take part in Fan Central for entertainment, media, activities, food and drinks, guest appearances, and the appearances from the band, cheerleaders and mascots from the participating schools.
Friday, January 8: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 9: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 10: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! | Downtown Phoenix | More Info Here
A free concert will take place on block 23 in Downtown Phoenix and will feature big-name artists The Band Perry, Ciara and John Mellencamp. Gates open at noon on each day.
Friday, January 8: The Band Perry. David Nail
Saturday, January 9: Ciara, WALK THE MOON
Sunday, January 10: John Mellencamp, Andy Grammer, Moon Taxi
Extra Yard 5K | Downtown Phoenix | More Info & Registration Here
Race through Downtown for your chance to win tickets to the big game. Male and female winners of the race will receive two tickets each while all participants will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the game. Proceeds from registration fees will benefit Extra Yard for Teachers and the CFP Foundation.
Sunday, January 10: 9 a.m.
Taste of the Championship | Phoenix Convention Center | More Info & Tickets Here
Eat like a champion as gourmet food and beverages will be dished out and served up. The star of this tasty event will be Food Network celebrity chef and Sanctuary on Camelback’s Executive Chef Beau MacMillan. Additional Arizona chefs will also be featured from popular Valley restaurants like Blue Hound, Zinc Bistro and Top of the Rock. Explore foods from the rest of the country as five other chefs from Playoff Semifinal host cities Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Miami will also be in attendance.
Sunday, January 10: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Championship Tailgate | More Info Here
Interactive games, sponsor activities, food and ESPN broadcast sets make up this ultimate tailgate. More details to be announced soon!