With 192 days remaining until the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game and less than two months to go until Labor Day Weekend, the Atlanta Football Host Committee and Mercedes-Benz Stadium are making sure the city of Atlanta puts its best foot forward as America looks on.
First, the Atlanta Football Host Committee (AFHC) serves as an extension of the College Football Playoff administration in the local community. The organization is responsible for assisting with the planning and production of the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship and accompanying fan events. The AFHC is comprised of local leaders in business, sports and tourism and their mission is to host a one-of-a-kind championship experience for the student-athletes, university representatives, media and college football fans.
Looking good, @MBStadium 😎
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Before the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Weekend gets underway, the AFHC will kick off the season with an “Atlanta’s All-In” luncheon at the College Football Hall of Fame on Friday, September 1. This event will feature a discussion about the championship game with College Football Playoff executives Bill Hancock and Michael Kelly, a preview of Mercedes-Benz Stadium from Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay and a discussion about the upcoming season with members of ESPN’s College GameDay and ABC’s Saturday Night Football broadcast teams.
Tickets for the luncheon will go on sale later this month.
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Moreover, the AFHC will announce a partnership with the Atlanta Track Club for a 5K road race to be held in downtown Atlanta on Jan. 7, the day before the National Championship game. “The Extra Yard 5K” race, also held in conjunction with the previous three national championship games, will benefit the College Football Playoff Foundation’s “Extra Yard for Teachers” program, which raises funds to support teachers. The race’s top overall male and female finishers will win two tickets each to the championship game. Registration information will be available soon at atlchampgame.com.
Finally, a three-year, $2 million Atlanta Public Schools Literacy Initiative – funded by the Atlanta Football Host Committee, Chick-fil-A Foundation, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and CFP Foundation – launched this week with the goal of better equipping educators to teach literacy skills.