College Football Playoff's national championship concert series coming to Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park
You don't have to know a thing about sports to care that college football's national championship game is coming to Tampa's Raymond James Stadium in January.
That's because there will be a host of fun events surrounding the Jan. 9 game that have nothing to do with football -- including a huge three-night concert series at Curtis Hixon Park.
Officials on Tuesday shared some of the plans for the 2017 festivities, and the concert series will be a centerpiece event on Jan. 6-8. Like the Super Bowl or Republican National Convention, it has the potential to bring in big-name acts who otherwise wouldn't play this area that time of year.
Performers will likely be announced in November; according to a press release, organizers only promise "a sensational mix of artists to include popular hit-makers, up-and-coming bands and long-time favorites," with fireworks to follow each night.
This year in Arizona, performers at the AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! concert series included John Mellencamp, the Band Perry, Walk the Moon, Ciara, Andy Grammer, Moon Taxi, X Ambassadors and David Nail, with Eric Church headlining a tailgate party at the stadium before the game.
In 2015 in Texas, acts included Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich, Jake Owen, Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett, Echosmith, Vintage Trouble and Keri Hilson.
For the full story on plans for the College Football Playoffs in Tampa, click here for Matt Baker's story.