GLENDALE, Arizona – The College Football Playoff (CFP) today announced information about the events that will take place in Arizona the weekend of the national championship game, including the interactive event for fans, concert series, pregame festivities at University of Phoenix Stadium and philanthropic events.
Playoff Fan Central, a festival that will give fans the opportunity to be a part of the championship experience, will be at the Phoenix Convention Center. Dates and times are as follows:
Friday, January 8, 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 9, 7:30 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 10, noon until 8 p.m.
The event will include interactive games, sponsor activities, special guest appearances and exhibits celebrating college football. Playoff Fan Central will also feature appearances by the participating institutions’ bands, cheerleaders and mascots and mini pep rallies for each participating team. On Saturday, attendees will have the opportunity to watch media day live, as student-athletes and coaches from both teams participate in interviews on the special 50-yard football field.
Tickets for Playoff Fan Central will go on sale November 18, at noon Central time. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children, students, seniors and military members. For groups of 20 or more, tickets are priced at $5 each. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.collegefootballplayoff.com/playoff-fan-central.
Back for 2016, Championship Tailgate will be held on game day, January 11, outside of University of Phoenix Stadium. The event is free for all ticket holders attending the national championship game and will allow fans to gather and enjoy interactive games, sponsor activities, concessions, broadcast sets and live musical performances with additional talent to be announced in the coming weeks.
Three additional community events to support the CFP’s philanthropy initiative, Extra Yard For Teachers, will also take place. They are the Extra Yard for Teachers Summit, the Extra Yard 5K run/walk, and the Northwestern Mutual Taste of the Championship. All will also take place in downtown Phoenix. All three events honor teachers as part of the primary philanthropic initiative of the College Football Playoff Foundation.
AT&T Playoff Playlist Live!, a free, outdoor concert series, will take place Friday, January 8, through Sunday, January 10, in downtown Phoenix. The Band Perry will perform Friday night, along with opening act David Nail. Ciara and WALK THE MOON will take the stage on Saturday. Sunday night will feature headliner John Mellencamp, as well as Andy Grammer and Moon Taxi.
With a career spanning more than 35 years, John Mellencamp is one of the most highly regarded singer-songwriters of a generation. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a GRAMMY Award-winner, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation’s Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award and Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world and co-founded Farm Aid, which has raised over $48 million over the past 30 years. His most recent album, Plain Spoken, was released in 2014.
To learn more about the ancillary events in connection with the 2016 College
Football Playoff National Championship, visit
and follow @CFBPlayoff on Twitter. Fans are also encouraged to download the
official College Football Playoff game day app. The free mobile app, “CFP
Gameday,” available on Apple and Android, includes detailed information on fan
events, as well as schedules, interactive maps, scores, stats and more.