CFP: Tampa, Florida, is getting pumped


The College Football Playoff championship is being held in Tampa in January, and recently the College Football Playoff announced the calendar of events leading up to the big game.

Among the announced events is the 200,000-square-foot college football theme park (“Playoff Fan Central”) inside the Tampa Convention Center. The “theme park” will include football clinics for kids, pep rallies and autograph sessions. No mention of any football-themed rides. Hey, Tampa, it’s not a theme park if there are no rides. There better be rides. Just sayin’.

The event runs Friday-Sunday, with tickets ranging from $5-8.

There also will be a three-day music festival, featuring acts like Usher, Flo Rida and Cold War Kids. Former SNL member Jay Pharoah will be as guest host for the final night (when Usher takes the stage).

Here’s the complete college football bowl schedule:

New Mexico Dec. 17 2 p.m. Albuquerque, N.M.
Las Vegas Dec. 17 3:30 p.m. Las Vegas, Nev.
Camellia Dec. 17 5:30 p.m. Montgomery, Ala.
New Orleans Dec. 17 9 p.m. New Orleans, La.
Miami Beach Dec. 19 2:30 p.m. Miami, Fla.
Boca Raton Dec. 20 7 p.m. Boca Raton, Fla.
Poinsettia Dec. 21 9 p.m. San Diego, Calif.
Potato Dec. 22 7 p.m. Boise, Idaho
Bahamas Dec. 23 1 p.m. Nassau, Bahamas
Armed Forces Dec. 23 4:30 p.m. Fort Worth, Tex.
Go Daddy Dec. 23 8 p.m. Mobile, Ala.
Hawaii Dec. 24 8 p.m. Honolulu, Hawaii
St. Petersburg Dec. 26 11 a.m. St. Petersburg, Fla.
Quick Lane Dec. 26 2:30 p.m. Detroit, Mich.
Independence Dec. 26 5 p.m. Shreveport, Louisiana
Heart of Dallas Dec. 27 Noon Dallas, Texas
Military Dec. 27 3:30 p.m. Annapolis, Maryland
Holiday Dec. 27 7 p.m. San Diego, Calif.
Cactus Dec. 27 10:15 p.m. Phoenix, Ariz.
Pinstripe Dec. 28 2 p.m. New York, NY
Russell Athletic Dec. 28 5:30 p.m. Orlando, Fla.
Foster Farms Dec. 28 8:30 p.m. Santa Clara, Calif.
Texas Dec. 28 9 p.m. Houston, Texas
Birmingham Dec. 29 2 p.m. Birmingham, Ala.
Belk Dec. 29 5:30 p.m. Charlotte, N.C.
Alamo Dec. 29 9 p.m. San Antonio, Texas
Arizona Dec. 30 TBD Tucson, Ariz.
Liberty Dec. 30 Noon Memphis, Tenn.
Sun Dec. 30 2 p.m. El Paso, Texas
Music City Dec. 30 3:30 p.m. Nashville, Tenn.
Orange Dec. 30 8 p.m. Miami Gardens, Fla.
Peach (CFP semi) Dec. 31 TBD Atlanta, Ga.
Fiesta (CFP semi) Dec. 31 TBD Glendale, Ariz.
Taxslayer Dec. 31 11 a.m. Jacksonville, Fla.
Citrus Dec. 31 11 a.m. Orlando, Fla.
Outback Jan. 2 1 p.m. Tampa, Fla.
Cotton Jan. 2 1 p.m. Arlington, Texas
Rose Jan. 2 5 p.m. Pasadena, Calif.
Sugar Jan. 2 8:30 p.m. New Orleans, La.
CFP Championship Jan. 9 TBD Tampa, Fla.


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