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The 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship Itinerary

2020 College Football Playoff National Championship
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome hosts the College Football Playoff National Championship (Photo: Paul Broussard)

The 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship will be held in New Orleans on January 13 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome where LSU and Clemson will go head to head. New Orleans is not shy from college football national championships, as this is the 29th time the city has hosted the game.

New Orleans specializes in unique experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrations, making the weekend leading up to the game a can’t-miss fan fest. The events are all conveniently located within walking distance to the game, so grab a go-cup for your journey! From concerts to meet and greets, see what’s in store for the big weekend.

Where to Stay

Before the fun begins, make sure you’re squared away with the best accommodations. Get the complete New Orleans experience by staying in one of our downtown hotels. Any one of these hotels will put you right in the center of the action with the events spanning from the Superdome to the Riverfront and the Convention Center. Book now before the rooms are gone.

The Allstate Championship Tailgate Plaza

Head to Woldenberg Park and the adjacent Jax Brewery parking lot to experience an extreme tailgate Saturday through Monday. ESPN will be broadcasting live as fans congregate to show their team spirit with BBQ, zip lines, and more. The AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! concert series is the highlight of the weekend, and it is FREE. The star-studded lineup features H.E.R., Nas, and MAX on Saturday, Meghan Trainor, Bastille, and Trombone Shorty with Orleans Avenue on Sunday, and Tim McGraw and Judah & the Lion on Monday.

The plaza will be open 2-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 12-4:30 p.m Monday.

Enjoy concerts at Woldenberg Park during the College Football Playoff National Championship weekend (Photo: Paul Broussard)

The Playoff Fan Central

The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will be transformed into an indoor fan fest from Saturday to Monday. This family-friendly, FREE experience includes meet and greets, autograph signings, clinics, pep rallies, live music, and games. Browse the exhibits that celebrate college football history. This is the perfect place for kids to work on their football skills and brush up on their knowledge of the game.

The Playoff Fan Central will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday.

Media Day

In a rare opportunity, Media Day is not just for the credentialed, but is also open to the public. One-hour sessions with players and coaches from both teams will allow the public to get to know their favorite athlete a little better. Over 1,000 media members will be present, as well as a live broadcast from ESPN. The free event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Xavier University’s Convocation Center. Fans will be given complimentary radios to listen to the interviews.

The Fiesta Bowl Champion team will be interviewed from 8:30-9:30 a.m., and the Peach Bowl Champion team will be interviewed from 10-11 a.m.

Race through downtown in the Extra Yard 5k (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

The Extra Yard 5k

This 3.1 mile run or walk is an active way to get in on the action. On Sunday, Jan. 12, jog through the French Quarter and Central Business District. The course is family-friendly and ends with live entertainment, activities, and an awards ceremony. Registration is open now and includes a t-shirt, a medal, and an entry into a drawing to win two tickets to the National Championship Game. Proceeds from the event benefit the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers initiative. Teachers and children ages five and under can participate for free.

The race begins at Lafayette Square at 8 a.m.

Eckrich Taste of the Championship

A trip to New Orleans is not complete without delicious food. Sample dozens of gourmet food and drink from local chefs in support of the CFP Foundation for Teachers. The event highlights the art of local cuisine while celebrating teachers. Tickets start at $150, but VIP is available as well.

The event takes place at Mardi Gras World from 7-10 p.m.

For more details on the events taking place over the weekend, see here.

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome hosts the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship (Photo: Paul Broussard)

The 2020 CFP National Championship Game

The big game kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with the LSU Tigers taking on the Clemson Tigers. This game is sure to keep fans on their feet. Get there early to hear the National Anthem from Louisiana native, Lauren Daigle.

If you don’t have tickets to the game, don’t fret! New Orleans has plenty of rambunctious, energetic places to see the action. See a list of our local sports bars here. Some local favorites for college sports include the Rusty Nail, Walk-On’s, Cooter Brown’s, Manning’s, Bruno’s Tavern, and American Sports Saloon and they all serve up bar snacks.

For more information on the College Football Playoff National Championship, visit

Ashland Hines is a New Orleans native with a strong passion for the city. Whether she’s exploring the city’s booming restaurant and nightlife scene or attending the latest local social functions, she is always on the go.

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