The College Football National Championship trophy is displayed during a news conference about the fan events planned for the game weekend Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
LM Otero
August 29, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Fans will have several ways to take part in the first College Football Playoff National Championship, even without tickets to the Jan. 12 game in Texas.

Game organizers announced Friday three primary fan events. They include an indoor experience and multiday music event open to the public, similar to those at the NCAA Final Four. People with game tickets can attend a free tailgate party outside AT&T Stadium on game day, including the bands and cheerleaders from both teams.

Playoff Fan Central, with a full-scale football field, will be Jan. 9-11 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. That is where the Bracket Town fan event was held when the NCAA Final Four was also played at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium in April.



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