It’s certainly a happy new year when it kicks-off with college football’s biggest event happening right in our backyard. The College Football Playoff National Championship is being played at SoFi Stadium this Monday, January 9 and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Georgia and TCU to LA. With a week full of activities, we’re here to help you make the most of it all. Check out our guide below for all the tips and tricks to master the perfect playoff plan.
Playoff Fan Central
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center South Hall
When: Friday, January 6 – Sunday, January 8, 2023 (10 a.m.-6 p.m. PT)
What: Playoff Fan Central is a 300,000 square-foot interactive experience that gives thousands of fans the opportunity to be a part of the College Football Playoff National Championship. The three-day, family-friendly event features games, youth sports clinics, pep rallies, and exhibits celebrating college football and its history. Playoff Fan Central will also include sponsor activations, special guest appearances, and autograph signings.
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Extra Yard 5K Downtown Los Angeles
Where: Gilbert Lindsay Plaza
When: Sunday, January 8, 2023 (8 a.m. PT)
What: The Extra Yard 5K is a family-friendly run/walk in conjunction with the national championship game that offers a chance for locals, as well as out-of-town fans, to take part in the CFP festivities. If you’re not in LA for the national championship game, you can still join virtually! Each Extra Yard 5K participant will receive a t-shirt and medal, while the top overall male and top overall female finishers (in- person) will each win two tickets to the 2023 CFP National Championship. All proceeds benefit Extra Yard for Teachers, the College Football Playoff Foundation’s primary platform that elevates the teaching profession.
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Looking for a place to grab a drink while you watch the game? Dublin’s and Limerick’s are two fantastic sports bars that offer traditional bar food alongside some Irish pub specials like fish and chips and shepherd’s pie. Karl Strauss Brewing Co. is a cavernous brewery with a list of in-house beers that is sure to impress even the pickiest hops snob plus the wide-open space makes it great for large groups. Another great option is Tom’s Watch Bar at LA Live, outfitted with TVs everywhere you look, it makes a convenient stop for those near the convention center.
Whether you’re stopping in Downtown to grab a bite before the game or looking for somewhere to recharge after the 5K, there are plenty of good food options. Pez Cantina is the perfect place to enjoy an exceptional Mexican meal with an equally great margarita – we love the spicy cucumber jalapeño flavor. Veggie Grill is a fast, casual option that offers quick healthy take-out for those on the move. If you want to turn your day into a special occasion, we suggest Redbird. With its open-air fine dining, this spot makes an elegant choice with one of the best cocktail programs in the city.
For a more in-depth look at the dining and entertainment options available to you in Downtown LA, take a look at our comprehensive Play Tour. The virtual tour can be enjoyed from anywhere in the world on your smartphone or computer and outlines all the insider details you need to know to have a fun time in Downtown LA.