FAQ

What is the College Football Playoff?

The College Football Playoff is the new postseason format that determines the national champion for Division I FBS college football.

How is this year's National Championship game different from past games?

The format of the College Football Playoff is simple: the four best teams, two semifinals played in bowl games and a national championship game played in a different city every year.

The four-team playoff preserves the importance and the excitement and compelling nature of the regular season, which is the best in sports. It also maintains the tradition of the bowls, which are unique in the American sports culture.

Which bowls host the semifinal games?

College Football Playoff Semifinal games will rotate between the Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl.

How is the site of the College Football Playoff National Championship determined?

The site of the College Football Playoff National Championship is determined through a bid system, much like the Super Bowl or the NCAA Final Four location. Any city that demonstrates necessary facilities, transportation, and other factors can submit a bid to host the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Where will the College Football Playoff National Championship be played?

The College Football Playoff National Championship will be played in a different city every year. In 2015, the national championship was played in North Texas; 2016 in Arizona; and in 2017, Tampa Bay.

What is the economic impact for the state for large-scale events such as the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship?

Arizona’s four BCS championship games generated an economic boost to the state of approximately $646.2 million. The 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship will include many additional activities surrounding the game including the Fan Central, Extra Yard 5K, concert and more, and is is expected to generate even higher levels of attendance and a greater economic impact.

Why does the Arizona Organizing Committee need to raise money?

The money raised by the Arizona Organizing Committee will ensure we provide a world-class experience for visitors and locals alike. And knowing the economic impact of an event of this scale will have on the state, the Arizona Organizing Committee looks to this funding as an investment in Arizona’s future.

How can I participate in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship?

Whether you are a local fan or visiting from out of town, there will many different opportunities to take part in during this exciting week! From exploring all that Arizona has to offer to the College Football Playoff signature events, the Arizona Organizing Committee will be your source for events and happenings in Arizona. To get the latest details on championship events and news, please sign up to receive our newsletter.

How can I get involved?

To help ensure the best possible experience for all visiting fans, the Arizona Organizing Committee will need the assistance of over 2,000 volunteers. Should you want to be alerted about volunteer opportunities, please send your contact information to volunteers@azchampgame.com.