College Football National Championship Comes to Tampa

The National Championship game will be played between Alabama and Clemson on Monday night at Raymond James Stadium. Local traffic as already begun to increase and secondary market ticket prices are already at an all-time high, likely due to the closest proximity to the stadium between the two competing schools since 2012.

With all the influx of visitors and fans – Visit Tampa Bay CEO, Santiago Corrada, estimates an economic impact of over $273 million as a result of the game – what are the activities and events locals can participate in as well?

Well, we’re glad you asked because we’ve listed some below:

1
Playoff Fan Central

(Photo cred: Matthew Paulson)

Billed as a "multi-day fan event" it will include "appearances from the participating institutions’ bands, cheerleaders and mascots and mini pep rallies for each participating team" as well as "various activities including interactive games, sponsor activities, special guest appearances and exhibits celebrating college football".

Date: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 6 – 8, 2017
Time: Friday (3-8 p.m.); Saturday and Sunday (Noon-8 p.m.)
Where: 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

2
AT&T Playoff Playlist Live!

A free concert event at Curtis Hixon park, the event will feature appearances by Eric Paslay, The Shadowboxers, Clare Dunn, Flo Rida, Rachel Platten, the Cold War Kids, Jay Pharoah, Usher, Gavin DeGraw and Jamie N Commons.

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

3
Extra Yard for Teachers Summit

An event designed to support the great teachers of Tampa Bay and beyond, the summit is a "fast-paced, half-day gathering of teachers coming together to hear inspiring speakers and incredible performances." The event is invitation only, but you can get more details here.

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

4
And Many More!

For a complete listing of Championship Weekend events please visit the official College Football Playoff website. And remember, regardless of who you're rooting for, be safe and have fun!

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