Events

Playoff Fan Central

A multi-day fan event giving thousands of fans the opportunity to be a part of the College Football Playoff National Championship experience, with appearances from the participating institutions’ bands, cheerleaders and mascots and mini pep rallies for each participating team. Filled with various activities including interactive games, sponsor activities, special guest appearances and exhibits celebrating college football, this family friendly event creates memories that last a lifetime.

2017 Overview

  • Date: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 6 – 8, 2017
  • Time: Friday (3-8 p.m.); Saturday and Sunday (Noon-8 p.m.)
  • Location: Tampa Convention Center
  • Admission: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Children under 12 are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. 
  • Includes:
    • Family friendly activities and entertainment
    • Food and beverage
    • Youth sports clinics
    • Celebrity appearances
    • Band performances
    • Sponsor activations

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AT&T Playoff Playlist Live!

A virtual playlist for every segment of the population that makes up the college football fan base! You won’t want to miss this free, outdoor concert series featuring a variety of national recording artists. Eric Paslay will perform Friday (Jan. 6) night, along with The Shadowboxers and Clare Dunn. Flo Rida will headline Saturday (Jan. 7), with additional performances by Rachel Platten and the Cold War Kids. On Sunday (Jan. 8), Jay Pharoah will serve as a special guest host, with Usher taking center stage as the headline act. Additional Sunday performances include Gavin DeGraw and Jamie N Commons.

2017 Overview

  • Date: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 6 – 8, 2017
  • Time: Friday (Gates open at 5 p.m.); Saturday and Sunday (Gates open at Noon)
  • Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
  • Admission: Free event to the public 

Media Day

Media Day will feature both teams and coaching staffs participating in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship. Attendees of Media Day will watch their favorite players and listen in to interviews, while experiencing more than 1,000 media members preview the national championship game. 

2017 Overview

  • Date: Saturday, January 7, 2017
  • Time: Alabama (9 a.m.); Clemson (10:30 a.m.)
  • Location: Amalie Arena 
  • Admission: Free event to the public

Summit

As part of the College Football Playoff Foundation and its primary initiative, Extra Yard for Teachers, the College Football Playoff recognizes teachers in two major ways surrounding the national championship game, including hosting the Extra Yard for Teachers Summit. The Summit is a fast-paced, half-day gathering of teachers coming together to hear inspiring speakers and incredible performances.

2017 Overview

  • Date: Saturday, January 7, 2017
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Location: Tampa Convention Center
  • Admission: Invitation only 

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Extra Yard 5K

The official road race of the College Football Playoff, the 2017 Extra Yard 5K is a family-friendly 3.1 mile race hosted in conjunction with the College Football Playoff National Championship in Tampa, Florida. The race will be held heart of Downtown Tampa’s Championship Campus and will incorporate a scenic route down a portion of iconic Bayshore Boulevard. In addition to the 5K, a 1-Mile Family Fun Run will also be held along a portion of the course.

2017 Overview

  • Date: Sunday, January 8, 2017
  • Time: 5K (8 a.m.); Fun Run (9 a.m.)
  • Location: Downtown Tampa
  • Admission: $30 registration for the 5K race includes one (1) ticket to Playoff Fan Central at the Tampa Convention Center, a participant shirt (for the first 1,000 only), a finisher’s medal, a chipped race bib and an entry for one (1) into the drawing to win two (2) tickets to the College Football Playoff National Championship. $15 registration for the 1-Mile Family Fun Run includes one (1) ticket to Playoff Fan Central at the Tampa Convention Center, a chipped race bib and an entry for one (1) into the drawing to win two (2) tickets to the College Football Playoff National Championship.
  • All proceeds benefit Extra Yard for Teachers, the College Football Playoff Foundation’s primary initiative that goes the “extra yard” by honoring, celebrating, inspiring and empowering teachers.

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Taste of the Championship

Attendees of the Taste of the Championship sample gourmet food and beverages representing geographic regions from around the country. Proceeds from the event support the College Football Playoff Foundation.

2017 Overview

  • Date: Sunday, January 8, 2017
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Location: Florida Aquarium
  • Featuring Tampa-area restaurants 717 South, Ava, Bern’s Steak House, Boca Kitchen, Bar & Market, Cigar City BrewPub, The Columbia, Datz, Fodder & Shine, Goody Goody, Haven, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Mise en Place, Parkshore Grill, The Refinery, Roux and Ulele. 
  • Admission: $250 

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Championship Tailgate

The ultimate game day tailgate featuring interactive games, sponsor activities, concessions and ESPN broadcast sets. Multi-Platinum singer and songwriter Dierks Bentley will headline the Capital One Quicksilver Music Stage, with opening act The Shadowboxers. 


2017 Overview

  • Date: Monday, January 9, 2017
  • Time: Noon - 6:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Outside of Raymond James Stadium 
  • Admission: Free for all national championship game ticket holders

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