Angelenos can feel the excitement of the College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship with the Playoff Fan Central interactive experience. Playoff Fan Central will last from January 6-8 from 10:00A.M. to 6P.M. at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Playoff Fan Central was created as a celebration of college football, according to CFP executive director Bill Hancock.
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“Back in the day, you just had a football game, everybody went home,” he said. “We all learned a long time ago that you need more and why not give more, why not touch the community, why not provide things that fans can go to if they can’t get a ticket to the game?”
People who attend Playoff Fan Central can participate in basic football drills, like passing, route running and kicking. Clinics will also be available for youth to participate in. Notable college football alums will be speaking at panels and signing autographs.
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The trophies for the six major college football bowl games, including the Rose Bowl and the Orange Bowl, will be on display. Attendees can also take photos with the Heisman trophy.
Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission President & CEO Kathryn Schloessman mentioned how this is the “decade of opportunity” for Los Angeles. The city already hosted Super Bowl LVI and MLB All-Star last year and looks forward to Wrestlemania and the U.S. Open in the near future.
“We just can’t be bringing in an event that’s a one-and-done and nothing is left behind, we have to be making an impact and you have to leave a legacy,” she said. “We need the stuff that really is going to drive economic impact and community impact.”
The CFP Extra Yard For Teachers foundation awarded 46 teachers in the Los Angeles area grants for their efforts in using sports, play, and movement to engage their students. During Playoff Fan Central on Saturday, 1,200 teachers will be participating in the Extra Yard for Teachers Summitt.
The Summitt will include workshops and panels. Among the speakers are U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona and LAUSD Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. Playoff Fan Central also has an activation that allows participants to have fun while raising money for local teachers.
On Sunday afternoon, Playoff Fan Central will host a pep rally that will feature the marching bands and cheerleaders of the University of Georgia and Texas Christian University (TCU). Participants can also buy souvenirs from both colleges.
For those planning to attend Playoff Fan Central, parking around the L.A. Convention Center can cost around $25. Taking the Metro bus or rail or rideshares like Uber and Lyft can possibly be an inexpensive alternative.
TCU will battle Georgia in the National Championship at SoFi Stadium on January 9 at 5:15P.M.