The city of New Orleans will host the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship on January 13, 2020 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Fiesta Bowl Champion will face the Peach Bowl Champion for the overall title. The event will be the sixth national championship game in the new College Football Playoff format, which went into effect following the 2014 college football season. It will mark the 29th time that the city has hosted a college football national champion – the previous 28 played in the Allstate Sugar Bowl or the Allstate BCS Championship. Enjoy a weekend-long of activities and fan experiences.
The game kicks off on Monday night at 7 p.m. following the national anthem from Louisiana native, Lauren Daigle. Without a ticket? Head to New Orleans anyway and enjoy many of the free events mentioned below. ESPN will air the game, and New Orleans has plenty of sports bars to see the action.
Leading up to the game, various events will take place around New Orleans. For more infomation on all the events listed below, see here.
The Allstate Championship Tailgate Plaza will host the AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! concert series throughout the weekend at Woldenberg Park. Enjoy live concerts for FREE from H.E.R., Nas, Bastille, Max, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Megan Trainor, Judah & the Lion and Tim McGraw. In addition to music, fans can enjoy the ultimate tailgating experience in the adjacent Jax Brewery parking lot. For times and schedule, see the official website.
The Playoff Fan Central will be at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Saturday, January 11th through Monday, January 13th. Enjoy 200,000 square feet of interactive experiences that are family-friendly and FREE. Games, clinics, pep rallies, live entertainment, autograph signings and more take place over the weekend. Learn about the history of college football and show your team spirit. A favorite activity is the field-goal kicking competition.
Media Day will take place at Xavier University's Convocation Center on Saturday, January 11th 8:30a.m.-11a.m. Teams, players and coaches will be interviewed, and ESPN will broadcast it live. Media Day is open to the general public as well as media members, and it is free to attend. This is your chance to get up close and personal with your favorite team.
The Extra Yard 5K will take place on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 8 a.m. This family-friendly course is 3.1 miles. Registration is free for teachers and children 5 and under. Registration includes a ticket to a CFP interactive fan event, a t-shirt, a medal and more. Live entertainment, activities and an award-ceremony will also be included. Sign up here.
Eckrich Taste of the Championship is presented by Thrillist at Mardi Gras World on Sunday, January 12th from 7p.m.-10p.m. This premium dining experience is also a fundraising event for the CFP Foundation's Extra Yard for Teachers Initiative. Sample dozens of dishes and drinks from loved New Orleans chefs. The event will honor the teacher profession in a unique way. Tickets are $150 for general admission and $250 for VIP. You can purchase tickets here.
About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff was established in the spring of 2013 to replace the Bowl Championship Series, which had been in existence for 16 years and each year enabled the No. 1 and No. 2 college football teams in the country to play in a postseason bowl game. Beginning with the 2014 season, the College Football Playoff ushered in a four-team playoff era. The format is simple: the best four teams play two semifinal games followed by the College Football Championship Game. The semifinal games rotate among six current bowl games (Sugar, Rose, Cotton, Orange, Peach and Fiesta), while the Championship is up for bid to any interested city. The Allstate Sugar Bowl hosted one of the first Playoff Semifinals following the 2014 season and the sold-out event was viewed by over 28 million television viewers, at the time, the largest cable television audience in history. The Sugar Bowl also hosted a semifinal game following the 2017 season and will do so again following the 2020 and 2023 seasons.
A selection committee chooses the four teams for the playoff based on body of work, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, comparison of results against common opponents, championships won and other factors. In addition, the Selection Committee places deserving teams in the other four bowls that are part of the format.
Established on the New Orleans' skyline and in the city's rich history, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the definition of iconic. Its ability to adapt to any event type makes it perfect for general sessions, exhibits,...