Tampa's College Football Playoff experience adding yacht village
January's national title game at Raymond James Stadium will have a new wrinkle - a yacht village.
The College Football Playoff and Tampa Bay Sports Commission announced the addition Monday. The Championship Yacht Village will be on the Hillsborough River outside the Tampa Convention Center and connected to the downtown Riverwalk.
"The Yacht Village brings a truly unique element to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship festivities," Tampa Bay Sports Commission chairman Joe Collier said in a statement. "Football fans who take advantage of this offer will enjoy incredible access and hospitality to the culmination of the college football season. We anticipate Championship Yacht Village to be a mainstay for upcoming major events in the years to come."
The announcement is the latest sign of how event organizers plan to make the upgraded Riverwalk an integral part of the festivities for the Jan. 9 championship at Raymond James Stadium. Aside from the game itself, virtually every part of the experience will be connected to the Riverwalk.
"The 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship will showcase our Downtown waterfront and Riverwalk on a national stage like never before," Tampa Bay Sports Commission executive director Rob Higgins said. "We feel confident that Championship Yacht Village will add a dynamic element to our celebration of college football in Tampa Bay."
Dock spaces are either 30 by 79 feet or 80 by 150 feet. For more information, contact Claire Lessinger at CLessinger@VisitTampaBay.com.