January 10

Countdown Begins for College Gridiron Championship on GWCCA Campus

Tampa has officially passed the ball to Atlanta.

The morning after hosting the thrilling College Football Playoff National Championship featuring Clemson’s come-from-behind 35-31  victory over Alabama, the City of Tampa handed the baton to Atlanta, which will host the big game on Jan. 8, 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Similar to when the Georgia Dome hosted the 2013 NCAA Men’s Final Four Basketball Championship, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s downtown Atlanta campus is expected to be a hub of ancillary events.

A full slate of events and celebrations surrounding the national championship game are being planned throughout the year, headed up by the Atlanta Football Host Committee, led by its Executive Director, Carl Adkins, most recently the Authority’s Chief Commercial Officer and longtime General Manager of the Georgia Dome. The host committee officially began working in September out of office space in the GWCC.

Events related to the national collegiate championship will likely include a free concert series, educational programs, a 5K race, multiple hospitality functions, interactive fan zones and game day tailgating.

The College Football Playoff, which replaced the Bowl Championship Series, is a relatively new event, and the championship contest in Atlanta will only be its fourth iteration.

The Authority got a taste of the College Football Playoff experience with the most recent Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome as the game was one of two officially-sanctioned CFP semifinals, determining the finalists for Monday’s championship. The Peach Bowl will again serve as a CFP semifinal on Dec. 28, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the $1.5 billion retractable roof new home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United which will open in late July.

At a press conference Tuesday where Tampa officials ceremonially handed off the host city rights to Atlanta, Dan Corso, President of the Atlanta Sports Council and President of Atlanta Football Host Committee, said, “Downtown Atlanta is built to host events like this. The walkable, compact district around Mercedes-Benz Stadium sets up perfectly for the College Football Playoff.”

Check out the Atlanta Championship sizzle reel here.