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April Edition: 2024 College Football Playoff Newsletter

We are just under eight months away from hosting the College Football Playoff National Championship right here in H-Town!

The Houston Host Committee, under the leadership of the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority, has been working hard for several years to lay the groundwork for next January. Here’s what we’ve learned and what you need to know about the CFP Championship Game in Houston:

The College Football Playoff is so much more than a football game. It’s a weekend full of Texas-sized events for the whole community, including free concerts, an exciting (and free) fan zone, and a wide range of events celebrating the amazing teachers in our community.

Although last year’s host city, Los Angeles, might be known for its bright lights and stars, Houston is poised to shine an even bigger spotlight on this world-class event. Our mission is to ensure every Houstonian knows not only about the game but also has an opportunity to attend and enjoy all the fun and affordable activities throughout the weekend.

Keep an eye out over the next two months as we roll out more details on how to become a volunteer or a vendor, and even more great opportunities to get involved. And stay tuned throughout the year for details on all the events taking place right here in Houston leading up to and during Championship Week!



As Chris mentioned, the Host Committee’s focus is on much more than just the game. Our job is to engage the entire community and build a sense of ownership in the event.

Our Operations team has been all over the area touring hotels, venues and public facilities to make sure that the CFP, its Planning Partners, the teams and all of the sponsors involved in the event know just how many amazing hospitality options H-Town has to offer.

The Ops Team already visited nearly 50 event venues of all sizes and toured dozens of hotels. They’ve visited places in Downtown, Uptown and Midtown; the East End and Westchase; the Medical Center and the Energy Corridor; the Heights and Lower Kirby; and all points in between.

It’s not just party planning, however. There’s a massive public safety and transportation component to their jobs, and they’ve met with METRO, the Houston Airport System and just about every three-letter department you can think of.

It’s early and there’s a lot more work to do, but they are beating every bush to ensure that the CFP 2024 experience is unforgettable for Houstonians, Houston-area businesses and visitors alike.


The Host Committee is committed to making the CFP National Championship an event for all of Houston, in part because our team makes up such a wide cross-section of the community. Each month, we'll highlight a member of the team that is helping to bring college football's biggest game to Texas' biggest city, starting with our Director of Community Engagement, Maria Duran. Maria has dedicated her career to serving her community, both here in Houston and in her native El Salvador. After a decade leading community outreach for the Houston Dynamo, Maria founded Duran Concepts and cofounded the Central American Collective to shine a light on the work being done by Houstonians whose roots run far south of here. Maria has hosted countless culinary, musical and cultural events here in Houston and produced a play in December titled Little Central America, 1984 which was written and performed by Costa Rica native Elia Arce. She also produced the Festival de Cine y Video Estudiantil Salvadoreño (FECIVES), a student film and video festival in San Salvador earlier this year. Maria brings that commitment to showcasing Houston's diversity, talent and drive to the football world this year to help everyone in our community, regardless of background, find a connection to the College Football Playoff. To join Maria and the rest of our team, CLICK HERE and sign up for volunteer opportunities!



The Harris County – Houston Sports Authority is looking for local volunteers and vendors to support the event. Visit and click the GET INVOLVED tab to sign up for these vendor opportunities and to stay up-to-date on the latest news and information about the 2024 College Football Playoff in Houston.


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