New Orleans Preps for National Championship Game
With the National Championship game fast approaching, New Orleans is ready to party! And one thing you can count on, NOLA won't run out of beer like Atlanta!
New Orleans is gearing up for the CFP National Championship game Monday, January 13th between LSU and Clemson with tons of pep rallies, events and more, including a concert with Tim McGraw, Meghan Trainor and more! The game goes down at 7 pm at the Mercedes Benz Superdome Monday, but there's plenty of fun to be had in the days leading up to kickoff!
Here's a collection of events before the big game thanks to NOLA.com:
Playoff Fan Central
Saturday-Monday, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Interactive experiences abound at Playoff Fan Central, held at the 200,000-square-foot Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The three-day family-friendly event includes games; pep rallies; band performances; special guest appearances, including former football legends; and other interactive exhibits and experiences. Fans can try their luck at kicking a field goal, running a 40-yard dash, watching the construction of a Lego replica of the CFP trophy or tossing footballs around.
AT&T Playoff Playlist Live
Saturday and Sunday, Woldenberg Park
The AT&T Playoff Playlist Live is the main musical portion of the playoff weekend events, with performances from H.E.R., Nas and MAX on Saturday. On Sunday, Meghan Trainor, Bastille and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will perform.
The gates to the event will open at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Fans will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Allstate Championship Tailgate Plaza
Saturday-Monday, Jax Brewery parking lot
Billed as “extreme tailgating,” the Allstate Championship Tailgate Plaza packs musical performances, giveaways, ziplining, fireworks, a barbecue cookout and more into three days of tailgating by the river. The outdoor experience, at the Jax Brewery parking lot, is also the home base for ESPN’s broadcasting for the weekend. The fun runs from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Country singer Tim McGraw, a Louisiana native, and alt-rock band Judah & the Lion will perform Monday at Woldenberg Park.
CFP Media Day
Saturday, Xavier Convocation Center
CFP Media Day is the fans’ chance to see the players up close and even listen to their interviews through a CFP headset. On Saturday, more than 1,000 credentialed media members will be at the event to ask players and coaches questions and broadcast the event.
Student-athletes and coaches sit at booths throughout the Xavier University of Louisiana Convocation Center, where media and fans will be able to approach them.
Clemson interviews will begin at 8:30 a.m. LSU interviews start at 10 a.m. Admission is free.
Extra Yard 5K
Sunday, Lafayette Square
This 5K run or fun walk is an energy-packed, family-friendly way to kick off the marathon of events on Sunday. The race kicks off at Lafayette Square and continues 3.1 miles through the Central Business District and French Quarter. Top male and female finishers each win two free tickets to the national championship game.
All proceeds benefit College Football Playoff Foundation’s platform Extra Yard for Teachers, which supports education and teachers. Entry is free for teachers.
Eckrich Taste of the Championship presented by Thrillist
Sunday, Mardi Gras World
Nearly 30 chefs will cook up their finest at this dining event, including Houston-based James Beard-winning chef Chris Shepard; Pêche chef Ryan Pruitt; and Creole chef Kevin Belton, who is a former LSU tight end.
The event will be held at Mardi Gras World, where visitors and locals alike may even catch a glimpse of floats. More details will be released closer to the championship game.
The tasting is a fundraiser for Extra Yard for Teachers. Tickets start at $150.