Beyond the game: What else is happening around National Championship

Georgia’s clash with Alabama for the national title at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday will cap a packed title game weekend in Atlanta.

 

There will be plenty for fans, even those with tickets to the big game, to do in the days and hours leading up to the 8 p.m. kickoff. The stadium opens at 5:30 p.m.

Here’s a look at what’s happening this weekend:

Playoff Fan Central

Georgia World Congress Center Building A, Saturday - Monday

The 300,000 square-foot fan experience opens Saturday and runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Game ticket holders get in free. Fans not attending the game can purchase tickets for $8 online and $10 at the site. Children under 12 get in free with a ticketed adult.

AT&T Playoff Playlist Live!

Centennial Olympic Park, Saturday - Monday

Multiple music acts will perform at Centennial Olympic Park, and the area will also include daily ESPN broadcasts and fireworks. Jason Derulo and Charlie Puth perform Saturday. The Chainsmokers headline Sunday’s concert, and the night will also include performances from Bebe Rexha and Spencer Ludwig. Darius Rucker headlines the pregame show from Capital One Quicksilver Music Stage on Monday. The show also includes opening act Brett Young. Gates for Monday’s show open at noon.

Championship Tailgate Plaza

International Plaza, Saturday - Monday

Starting at 10 a.m. each day, this serves as a gathering place for fans and offers zip-lining and free-fall stunt jumps, along with other extreme activities.

Media Day

Philips Arena, Saturday

Fans can watch media day unfold starting at 9 a.m. and listen in on interviews on headsets during this event, which is free and open to the public.

Extra Yard 5K

Downtown Atlanta, Sunday

The official race includes entertainment, activities with sponsors and an awards ceremony. All proceeds benefit Extra Yard for Teachers, which works to empower quality teachers. Registration is still open and is $35 through Friday and $45 on race day. Activities get underway starting at 8 a.m.

Taste of the Championship

Georgia Aquarium, Sunday

Participants can sample food and drinks from some of the area’s top breweries and restaurants starting at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the College Football Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers. General admission is $250.

National Championship Halftime Performance and Watch Party

Centennial Park, Monday

Fans can watch the game on a three-story screen and snag a spot for the game’s halftime concert, which features seven-time Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar. The event starts at 7 p.m.

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