Final Update, January 11, 2016. It was a great game, especially if you were an Alabama Crimson Tide fan. They beat the Clemson Tigers with a score of 45-40. When will Arizona host another national championship game? Not for quite a few years.
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Don't have tickets to the game? Scroll down on this page to see how tickets are distributed or how to buy them. As of today, ticket prices range from about $600 to $3,000 each.
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The BCS era ended in January 2014, replaced by a new system in which one final game will determine the single best team in college football. Much like the Superbowl, there will be a playoff process to determine which two teams will vie for the coveted award. The 2016 College Football National Championship will be played right here in Glendale, Arizona. It will be the state's eighth national championship contest since 1987.
If you want to buy tickets to the game, you will have to purchase them from a ticket broker. Ticketmaster is the official ticket broker for the College Football Playoff. Use this link to see tickets that are for sale, or scroll down this page to learn more about how tickets are sold for this game.
When is the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game?
Monday, January 11, 2016.
Which teams are playing?
Each year, two bowl sites will host semifinal games between teams seeded by a selection committee, with the winners advancing to the championship game.
After the end of the regular season, the winners of the Orange and Cotton Bowls will advance to the national championship game in Glendale.
This year: the Clemson Tigers (1) will play Alabama Crimson Tide (2) for the championship.
Be a prepared fan! Buy shirts, party and tailgate gear.
Where will the game be held?
University of Phoenix Stadium (formerly Cardinals Stadium) in Glendale, Arizona will host the game to decide the national champion.
Glendale, Arizona is just northwest of Phoenix. University of Phoenix Stadium has a seating capacity over 63,000 but can expand to 73,000 for mega-events. This sure to be one of those!
Where is University of Phoenix Stadium?
Some lucky people already have tickets or know where they can get them.
No tickets will go on sale to the general public. You either have to know someone from one of the two teams that will play that will sell you a ticket, or have access to corporate sponsorship tickets. Season ticket holder to Arizona Cardinals games will NOT automatically get any access to tickets for this game.
Each team playing in the game receives 20,000 tickets.
There is random drawing for people to purchase tickets. Winners of the drawing have the right to purchase two tickets at face value. The random ticket drawing will open the February prior to each year’s national championship game. The deadline to submit for the random drawing usually ends mid year prior to the game. That means that the drawing for the 2106 drawing has already taken place and is closed. Individuals were randomly selected to receive the right to purchase tickets and were notified.
Select premium packages may be available through Playoff Premium. Price ranges vary, and packages may include hospitality access, open bars, food buffets, interactive elements, collegiate football legend meet and greets and other amenities.
I don't already have tickets, and I don't know anyone who will give me any!
If you weren't picked in the drawing, or didn't receive tickets from a sponsor or one of the two teams, your only option is to buy tickets from someone who already has them. Ticketmaster is the official partner of the College Football Playoff Championship and handles the only official fan-to-fan ticket exchange backed by the organizations. These are verified tickets that are available for instant delivery via email.
Well, another option -- although I don't recommend it -- is to buy tickets from scalpers or other online ticket exchanges.
Scalping is not illegal in Arizona, but beware of tickets from unauthorized ticket sellers!
If you do acquire tickets to the game, here's a seating chart for University of Phoenix Stadium.
No tickets for the game? Try one of these popular local sports bars.
Need a place to stay?
Here are some recommendations for hotels. They are listed in the order of closest to the stadium first. If you stay in downtown Phoenix or downtown Tempe, METRO Light Rail can transport you around the downtown area's dining, bars and entertainment.
Glendale, Arizona Hotels
West Phoenix Hotels
Peoria, Surprise, Sun City Hotels
Avondale, Goodyear Hotels
Central/North Central Phoenix Hotels
Downtown Phoenix Hotels
Hotels Near Sky Harbor International Airport
Downtown Scottsdale Hotels
North Scottsdale Hotels
Finally, if price and location aren't as important as luxury:
The Best Resorts in Greater Phoenix
What will the weather be like?
Here are some weather statistics and tips about Glendale and the rest of the Phoenix area for late December and early January.
Will there be fan events to attend?
You betcha. Check the next page to see what's going on.
What time is kickoff, and which channel will the game be on?
A time has not yet been announced. While I am certain it will be televised, those details have not been released.
Why does Phoenix get to host so many huge sporting events?
Here's why! (Video, by VisitPhoenix.com)
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.
On the days leading up to the College Football Playoff National Championship fans will see downtown Phoenix converted into a sports epicenter. Much like the very successful Super Bowl Central in 2015, The Phoenix Convention Center, CityScape and the streets of downtown Phoenix will be a hub of pre-game excitement for both locals and visitors.
Playoff Fan Central
A multi-day fan festival at the Phoenix Convention Center providing attendees an opportunity to be part of the national championship experience.
The dates and times are:
Friday, January 8, 2016 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 10, 2016 from noon until 8 p.m.
What will happen:
Interactive games, sponsor activities, special guest appearances and exhibits celebrating college football, appearances by the participating institutions’ bands, cheerleaders and mascots and mini pep rallies for each participating team. On Saturday, watch media day live, as student-athletes and coaches from both teams participate in interviews on the special 50-yard football field.
$12 for adults and $7 for children, students, seniors and military members. For groups of 20 or more, tickets are $5 each. Buy tickets online.
A free, outdoor concert series, will take place Friday, January 8, 2016 through Sunday, January 10, 2016 in downtown Phoenix, near the convention center.
The Band Perry will perform Friday night, along with opening act David Nail. Ciara and WALK THE MOON will take the stage on Saturday. On Sunday, fans will enjoy music from headliner John Mellencamp, as well as Andy Grammer and Moon Taxi. Nightly fireworks shows will also highlight the festivities. ESPN will broadcast live throughout the weekend within the Playoff Playlist Live!
A free, three-day collegiate themed experience.
Saturday, Jan. 9 from 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Giant beer pong, oversized Jenga, cornhole, bocce ball, cards, dice and more in the open-air beer garden. Kid's Zone with zip line and a massive rock wall. Red Bull's custom international MXT (military extreme truck) will transform into a live DJ booth at 1:30 p.m. Nashville national recording artist Laura Walsh will perform from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 10 from 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Red Bull's custom International MXT will be back with the DJ mixing beats. At 3:30 p.m. dueling pianos perform on the WaterDance Plaza stage along with beer-garden games and the Kid's Zone. From 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. ESPN will broadcast live with analysis of the upcoming championship game.
Monday, Jan. 11 from 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The ultimate, free CFP game-day party and live viewing party. Toast in the beer garden, play pong, cheer the 15-piece marching band. Those who have tickets to the big game are only about a field's length away from the University of Phoenix Stadium entrance. Those without tickets can grab a drink and take a seat in the beer garden and watch the game live on Westgate's big screen.
The viewing party begins at 6:30 p.m. at WaterDance Plaza. There will be free admission for both parties.
Parking and admission is free and open to the public on Saturday, Jan. 9 and Sunday, Jan. 10. For game-day parking on Monday, Jan. 11, Westgate Entertainment District lots will open and begin charging $30 per vehicle starting at 6 a.m. Plan to enter from the north off Glendale Ave. via 95th or 93rd Ave.
Taste of the Championship
A culinary event on January 10, 2016 starting at 5 p.m. featuring a mix of top chefs from Arizona and around the country, benefiting the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers initiative. Sample gourmet food and beverages representing geographic regions from around the country. Headlining the event will be renowned Food Network celebrity chef, Beau MacMillan, executive chef at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.
In addition to several other Arizona-area chefs, five chefs from Playoff Semifinal host cities will also be in attendance. This event is a benefit for CFP Foundation, St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix, and will be used to support education initiatives to raise awareness for programs that fight hunger. Phoenix Convention Center, Downtown Phoenix.
CFP Extra Yard for Teachers Summit
An initiative of the College Football Playoff Foundation celebrating teachers in the local community as part of the philanthropic arm of the CFP.
Stay tuned! I will include specifics for these events and other events as they are announced.