• Concerts, free watch party on tap for National Championship game

    By: Nelson Hicks

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    Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host the college football national championship game on Monday, Jan. 8. While tickets start around $2,000 each, there are plenty of other events and free events to attend.

    Sunday

    Concert with The Chainsmokers

    The AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! concert series returns with The Chainsmokers. Bebe Rexha and Spencer Ludwig will perform, too. The event is free.

    Taste of the Championship

    This event is a foodie's dream. Sample gourmet food and beverages from Atlanta’s most notable restaurants and breweries while celebrating teachers from across the United States. Proceeds from the event support the College Football Playoff Foundation and its Extra Yard for Teachers platform. Tickets are $250.

    Extra Yard 5K

    This is the official road race of the College Football Playoff. The event includes live entertainment, activities with race sponsors and a post-race awards ceremony. Registration for the Extra Yard 5K includes two tickets to Playoff Fan Central, a participant shirt, finisher’s medal and an entry into the drawing for game tickets. The top overall male and female finishers will each win two tickets to the College Football Playoff National Championship.

    Playoff Fan Central

    Playoff Fan Central is a 300,000 square-foot interactive experience that gives thousands of fans the opportunity to be a part of the College Football Playoff National Championship. The three-day, family-friendly event includes games, clinics, pep rallies, band performances, special guest appearances, autograph signings and exhibits celebrating college football and its history. Playoff Fan Central creates memories that last a lifetime. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Kids 12 and under get in free with a ticketed adult.

    Championship Tailgate Plaza

    This is the gathering place for fans who want to experience extreme tailgating at the College Football Playoff National Championship. With three days of outdoor activities, fans will have the opportunity to zip line, participate in free-fall stunt jumps and more.

    For more on parking, tailgating and directions, click here.

    Monday

    Concert with Darius Rucker

    The AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! concert series returns on game day with Darius Rucker and opening act Brett Young. The event is free.

    Concert with Kendrick Lamar

    Fans planning to attend the National Championship ESPN Halftime Performance and Watch Party should plan to arrive at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park at 7 p.m. on Monday. The game, which kicks-off at 8 p.m. ET at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, will be shown in the park on a large three-story tall screen. The event is non-ticketed and free to all fans.

    The National Championship ESPN Halftime Performance and Watch Party will feature a live performance by seven-time Grammy Award winning artist Kendrick Lamar, which will be integrated into the halftime of ESPN’s telecast of the national championship game.

    Playoff Fan Central

    Playoff Fan Central is a 300,000 square-foot interactive experience that gives thousands of fans the opportunity to be a part of the College Football Playoff National Championship. The three-day, family-friendly event includes games, clinics, pep rallies, band performances, special guest appearances, autograph signings and exhibits celebrating college football and its history. Playoff Fan Central creates memories that last a lifetime. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Kids 12 and under get in free with a ticketed adult.

    Championship Tailgate Plaza

    This is the gathering place for fans who want to experience extreme tailgating at the College Football Playoff National Championship. With three days of outdoor activities, fans will have the opportunity to zip line, participate in free-fall stunt jumps and more.

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