The 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship is heading out west to Arizona! The University of Phoenix Stadium will be its host, and football fans could not be more excited. With a top-notch stadium in an exciting city, there’s no doubt this is the place to be next January.
Take a look below at a few highlights of the University of Phoenix Stadium along with travel tips to Phoenix and, most importantly, how you can attend the
2016 College Football Playoff National Championship!
About University of Phoenix Stadium
Located in Glendale, Arizona, University of Phoenix Stadium opened in August of 2006 and is known for being unlike any other stadium in North America. This multi-purpose facility is home to football, basketball, soccer, concerts, consumer shows, motorsports, rodeos and corporate events.
The stadium features 63,400 permanent seats and can expand to 72,200 seats. Fun fact: If you were to set the stadium seats in a straight line, they would stretch for approximately 18 miles! Can you imagine?
The stadium also holds 88 luxury lofts, about 7,400 Club Seats, two 39,000 square foot Club Lounges, 160,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space and 20,000 square feet of meeting room space. The amount of concrete used to build the stadium is equal to 900 miles of sidewalk! To put it in perspective, that is the distance between Phoenix and San Francisco.
University of Phoenix Stadium has many unique features. For example, the exterior skin represents a barrel cactus. Four columns in the concourse area show hieroglyphics of the Arizona Cardinals’ records and significant moments. The stadium also features a mural on each level that represents Arizona’s environmental attractions. The 400 level replicates the night sky while the rest represent state rivers, canyons, deserts and mountains.
Don’t forget about the two large "thermometers" at the south end zone that gauge crowd noise!
The 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship is without a doubt going to be an incredible experience at this phenomenal stadium. With its design, engineering and technology,
University of Phoenix Stadium is the perfect host.
What to Do in Phoenix
Phoenix and the surrounding areas
(ex. Scottsdale) are known for luxurious food, shopping, golf, hiking and business. If you like fine dining, you’ll want to venture over to Scottsdale where you will find all sorts of places to eat near Old Town. You should also try at least one of the family-owned Mexican restaurants across Phoenix; the food is second only to Mexico!
Phoenix is a unique city that offers a different kind of a paradise. It’s clean, diverse and very laid back, making it a perfect destination for you and your family and friends.
Here is a list of a few places to check out while you’re in town:
Musical Instrument Museum: A must-see in Phoenix, the Musical Instrument Museum offers a collection of more than 6,000 instruments from around the world. The museum also showcases live music throughout the year.
Camelback Mountain: Camelback Mountain is the highest peak in Phoenix and easily the most scenic hiking spot in the city. There are several trails you can hike based on your skill level. If you’re seeking spectacular views of Phoenix and Scottsdale, try to hike the 1.2-mile Summit Trail. Just beware; it’s incredibly steep.
Desert Botanical Garden: Covering over 50 acres, the Desert Botanical Garden is home to thousands of species of cacti, trees and flowers. This is one beautiful experience you don’t want to miss.
Heard Museum: If you love history and art, then you should definitely take advantage of the Heard Museum, one of the country’s finest Native American museums. Experience the life and culture of Native Americans in the Southwest!
The weather in the Phoenix/Glendale area during January is relatively mild. The daily temperatures average highs around 65 degrees and lows of 45 degrees. Expect sunny days, low humidity and a calm breeze!
As far as air travel, you will want to fly into the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. To get around Phoenix, you will need a car, so make sure to reserve your rental car early. Roads in Phoenix are laid out on an 800-square-mile grid with Central Avenue as the main north-south grid axis. It’s very easy to get around!
There are buses and taxis, but you’ll find that having a car is the best option. However, The Valley’s light-rail system is a convenient option for exploring Downtown Phoenix or the area surrounding Arizona State University.
How to Attend
What’s even better than knowing where the 2016 College Football National Championship is? You actually BEING there! You can read all day about the incredible
University of Phoenix Stadium and all the fun things to do in Phoenix, but nothing can beat actually experiencing it for yourself.
With an Official Ticket Package direct from College Football Playoff Premium through QuintEvents, you can be there to witness the
“Sports Event of the Year!” Get your ticket to the game, hospitality access and other VIP perks you can’t get anywhere else. What better way to kick off 2016 than at the College Football Playoff National Championship?
If you heart is in attending but your wallet might not be, check out our recent post on
how to attend the College Football National Championship on a budget!
See you in Phoenix!