College Football Playoff Brings Usher, Cold War Kids to Tampa

2017 is going to be phenomenal.


The city is buzzing about the College Football Playoff. The games are set to bring the best college teams in the country to our city to compete for the ultimate prize. The event is about far more than just football. A series of festivities are set to engage local residents and visitors alike. From exquisite tastings at the Florida Aquarium, to a sports theme park at the Tampa Convention Center and free concerts with platinum selling artists at Curtis Hixon, here’s how to celebrate the CFP in TB.

Taste the Championship

Taste the championship will bring together the area’s best chefs and brewers at the Florida Aquarium to share the flavor that has come to define Tampa. Participating Tampa Bay restaurants include 717 South, Ava, Bern’s Steakhouse, 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. The event takes place Sunday, January 8 from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets are $250 each.

AT&T Playoff Playlist Live at Curtis Hixon Park

The CFP is bringing some of the biggest stars in music across all genres to Curtis Hixon Park for an amazing series of concerts. On Friday, January 6, country music star Eric Paslay will be joined by The Shadowboxers and Clare Dunn. On Saturday, January 7, the Cold War Kids and Flo Rida will perform live. On Sunday, January 8, Usher, Gavin DeGraw and Jamie N Commons. Form Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharoah will serve as the host. Click HERE for more details.

Playoff Fan Central at Tampa Convention Center

The Tampa Convention Center will transform into a 200,000 square foot sports amusement park. Prepare for youth football clinics, cheerleading clinic, sponsor initiatives, celebrity appearances, pep rallies, interactive exhibits and more. Fan Central will be open from Friday, January 6, through Sunday, January 8. It will be open from 3pm to 8pm on Friday, and from noon to 8pm both Saturday and Sunday. Adult tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Children 12 and under with an adult, and game ticket holders receive free admission.

Other events include: Championship Yacht Village, Championship Beach Summit, Extra Yard 5k, and Media Day at Amalie Arena.