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Top Attractions for the 2016 College Football Championship Game in Arizona

Welcome to our slice of paradise... Arizona!

Whether you're rooting for the Clemson Tigers or the Alabama Crimson Tide in this year's College Football Playoff Championship Game, we know you want to enjoy all Arizona has to offer while you're here. Since we're based in Arizona, we have the low down on where to go and what to see.

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The Top Attractions for the 2016 College Football Championship Game in Arizona:

Websites for the skinny on what is happening around town

A Local Treasure:

Desert Botanical Garden

Advanced Tickets and reservations suggested. Walking shoes and sunscreen recommended. Lunch available at the Restaurant and Café. Don’t Forget your Camera!

1201 N Galvin Pkwy

Phoenix, AZ 85008

Hiking (Instagram Worthy!):

Echo Canyon Hiking Trail on Camelback Mountain

Athletic Shoes, Water, & Sunscreen are needed to complete this advanced level hike

5700 N Echo Canyon Pkwy

Phoenix, AZ 85018

Other Attractions:

Additional Hiking Information

Musical Instrument Museum (The MIM)

Heard Museum

Taliesin West

Old Town Scottsdale- Restaurants and Shopping

Day Trips!

Top Restaurants to Eat, Drink and Celebrate a Win!

Pizzeria Bianco- Downtown- Be prepared for a wait (like 2 hours) but there's a great wine bar next door

Sierra Bonita Grill- Central Phoenix- Spicy Mexican Food

Jade Bar- Paradise Valley at The Sanctuary Resort, fun cocktails, get dressed up!

The Gladly- The Biltmore Area- Small plates, big flavor, curated cocktails. Get the ice ball- trust us!

Rito's- Downtown and Surprise- good down home Mexican Food. Open morning and afternoon.

Little Miss BBQ-Central Phoenix- BBQ... we figured you guessed that!

El Chorro- Paradise Valley-upscale restaurant with great views!

Hash Kitchen - Scottsdale - brunch and lunch

Gertrudes Restaurant at DBG- Phoenix / Tempe

Hillstone- Biltmore Area- variety of food

Los Dos Molinos- Various Locations. Everything is spicy. Thank goodness they serve pitchers of margaritas!

La Grande Orange- Arcadia/ Phoenix- Breakfast and Lunch- Upscale Neighborhood Market

Chelsea's Kitchen- Arcadia/Phoenix- Lunch and Dinner (Weekend Brunch)

Durants- Uptown Phoenix - Legendary Old School Steakhouse

Tonto Bar and Grill- Cake Creek- Scenic and Family Friendly

Steak 44- Arcadia/Phoenix- Upscale steak house

Morning Squeeze- Old Town Scottsdale- Breakfast and Lunch

Tarbell's- Biltmore Area- Neighborhood restaurant, upscale but comfortable

Lon's at The Hermosa Inn-Paradise Valley/Scottsdale- A tucked away historic Soutwest Restaurant

Sassi- North Scottsdale- Italian

AZ88- Old Town Scottsdale- American Food with a great bar and people watching, open late!

Cafe Monarch- Old Town Scottsdale- Reservations needed! some say it's a bucket list restaurant

Richardson's - Central Phoenix- New Mexican Inspired Food

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College Football Playoff Championship Events:

Fan Central at Phoenix Convention Center

A multi-day fan festival that gives thousands of fans the opportunity to be a part of the College Football Playoff National Championship experience, with appearances from the participating institutions’ bands, cheerleaders and mascots and mini pep rallies for each participating team. Filled with various activities including interactive games, sponsor activities, special guest appearances and exhibits celebrating college football, this family friendly event creates memories that last a lifetime.


  • Family friendly entertainment

  • Interactive activities

  • Food and beverage

  • Youth sports clinics

  • Celebrity appearances

  • Media Day

  • Band performances – Sunday, January 10 starting at 4 p.m. MT

Media Day

  • Open to the public on Saturday, January 9 starting at 8 a.m. MT

  • Live from Hall 4

Tickets – ON SALE NOW!

  • $12 for adults

  • $7 for children, students, seniors and military

  • $5 for groups of 20 or more


  • Location: Phoenix Convention Center, North Building (Halls 1 – 6)


  • Friday, January 8, 2016, 3 – 8 p.m. MT

  • Saturday, January 9, 2016, 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. MT

  • Sunday, January 10, 2016, Noon – 8 p.m. MT

AT&T Playoff Playlist Live!

A virtual playlist for every segment of the population that makes up the college football fan base! The free, outdoor concert series will take place during championship weekend and will feature a variety of national recording artists.


  • Performances by The Band Perry, Ciara, John Mellencamp, David Nail, WALK THE MOON, Andy Grammer and Moon Taxi and Campus DJ

  • Sunday Only – Performances by institution bands, mascots and cheerleaders starting at 5:15 p.m. MT!


  • Downtown Phoenix (Block 23 – Between First, Second, Washington and Jefferson Streets)


  • Friday, January 8, 2016 – The Band Perry, David Nail and Campus DJ

  • Saturday, January 9, 2016 – Ciara, WALK THE MOON and Campus DJ National Championship

  • Sunday, January 10, 2016 – John Mellencamp, Andy Grammer, Moon Taxi and Campus DJ *Gates open each day at Noon MT

More info can be found at The College Football Playoff Website

Arizona is the perfect place to kick back with a great drink, take in some world-class local fare, enjoy the amazing sunsets and cheer on your team during this year's College Football Playoff Championship Game- enjoy!

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