The Ak-Chin Indian Community Joins the Arizona Organizing Committee
Team as Official Presenting Sponsor

PHOENIX (Sept. 29, 2015) – The Arizona Organizing Committee (AOC), host of the 2016 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship, today announced the Ak-Chin Indian Community as the presenting sponsor of the downtown Championship Campus, a destination for family-friendly activities in the days just before the national championship game on Jan. 11, 2016.

Covering more than five blocks, the Championship Campus Presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community will include signature CFP events like Playoff Fan Central in the Phoenix Convention Center and AT&T Playoff Playlist Live!, a free, outdoor concert series. The AOC, in conjunction with City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and the Ak-Chin Indian Community, made the sponsorship announcement this morning, revealing the official campus logo during a press conference held at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden at Hotel Palomar.

“Events like next year’s national championship do not happen without the support of community leaders like the Ak-Chin Indian Community,” said Brad Wright, co-chair of the AOC. “We share a similar vision for furthering Arizona’s reputation as a world-class destination for world-class events and look forward to working together to provide an outstanding national championship experience.”

In addition to serving as the presenting sponsor of the Championship Campus, the Ak-Chin Indian Community will also host a variety of community events to generate excitement leading up to January. Events include a youth football clinic and official college football watch parties all season long at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle.

“The Ak-Chin Indian Community is honored to be a part of this partnership with the Arizona Organizing Committee,” said Ak-Chin Tribal Chairman Louis J. Manuel, Jr. “We appreciate the opportunity to continue to be a part of bringing high-profile entertainment and events, such as the national championship game, to Arizona.”

Additional announcements regarding the Championship Campus Presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community will be made later this fall. Be sure to follow the AOC on social for the latest announcements and a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the national championship.

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About the Arizona Organizing Committee
The Arizona Organizing Committee (AOC), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the host of the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship. Comprised of local leaders in business, tourism and sports, the committee’s mission is to raise the funds needed to host the game and accompanying events, and to provide the best possible championship experience for all attendees. The AOC is committed to driving statewide economic growth, while reinforcing Arizona’s standing as the world-class destination for world-class events.

The 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 11, 2016. For more information about the AOC, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please visit or call (480) 505-4515. For news and event information, follow the AOC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Ak-Chin Indian Community:
The Ak-Chin Indian Community is nestled into the Santa Cruz Valley of Southern Arizona. The community lies 35 miles south of Phoenix in the northwestern part of Pinal County. Ak-Chin is an O’odham word translated to mean “mouth of the wash” or “place where the wash loses itself in the sand or ground.” Ak-Chin has an enrollment of more than 1,022 tribal members and a land base of just over 22,000 acres. The Ak-Chin Indian Community has a variety of business enterprises including Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle and Santa Cruz Commerce Center. For more information, visit


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