Press Release

Downtown Phoenix to Host College Football Playoff Fan Events

PHOENIX (May 5, 2015) – The Arizona Organizing Committee (AOC) and College Football Playoff (CFP) today announced its signature fan events will take place in downtown Phoenix in the days leading up to the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 11, 2016.

In its second year, the playoff format provides excitement both on and off the field with a variety of activities for the community, in addition to game day events. The CFP, in conjunction with city of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and the AOC, made its first official announcement detailing where major events will take place, during a press conference held at the Phoenix Convention Center this morning.

Bill Hancock, executive director of the CFP, unveiled the national championship game’s downtown footprint, highlighting the Phoenix Convention Center and outside areas near the Collier Center and CityScape as destinations for upcoming events. The lineup includes:

Playoff Fan CentralA multi-day fan festival at the Phoenix Convention Center providing attendees a prime opportunity to be part of the national championship experience.

AT&T Playoff Playlist Live!:A free, outdoor music concert series held during championship weekend, featuring a variety of national recording artists to be named this fall. ESPN will broadcast live throughout the weekend within the Playoff Playlist Live! footprint.

Taste of the ChampionshipCulinary event featuring a mix of top chefs from Arizona and around the country, benefiting the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers initiative.

CFP Extra Yard for Teachers SummitAn initiative of the College Football Playoff Foundation, the summit celebrates teachers in the local community as part of the philanthropic arm of the CFP, Extra Yard for Teachers.

Tickets for Playoff Fan Central and Taste of the Championship will be available later this fall.

There are 251 days until two teams take the field to compete for the coveted championship title. Events kick off on January 8, in downtown Phoenix, culminating in the national championship game played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on January 11.

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