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It's Game Time! Houston Host Committee Newsletter


The countdown is finally over! Throughout the past year, the 2024 Houston Host Committee and the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority have worked diligently to plan and prepare for the College Football Playoff National Championship weekend. With the championship game only five days away, we look forward to welcoming visitors from all over the country and showcasing everything our city has to offer.


Over the next several days, downtown Houston will transform into the 2024 Championship Campus. With activities for everyone, I encourage you to come out and experience everything the weekend offers.


Although the national championship game will come and go, we are proud of the impact that will live on in our community for years to come. Our Houston Loves Teachers campaign is creating a lasting legacy through the Game Ball recognitions, Teacher Appreciation Events, the Houston Loves Teachers Mural Program, and the Buy Houston: By Houston Supplier Diversity Program.  

Don’t miss out on this chance to have a great time AND support Houston teachers by joining us at the events during CFP National Championship Weekend. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating with you as we kick off the 2024 College Football Playoff National Championship.

Chris Massey

Harris County - Houston Sports Authority Vice President

Houston 2024 Host Committee President



CFP National Championship weekend offers several opportunities to enjoy the national championship experience and lend your support to teachers in our community. 


At our VIP Welcome Party on Friday, January 5, enjoy a night with Houston sports icons and put down a bid on some once-in-a-lifetime experiences, with your purchases benefiting the Houston Loves Teachers campaign. 


If you are an educator, don’t forget to sign up for the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers Summit, taking place on Saturday, January 6 at the Wortham Theater.  Join fellow teachers from all over the country as they celebrate each other, network, and hear from a curated lineup of speakers that will inspire, motivate, and empower you. Both in-person attendee and virtual options are available, so sign up today! 


On Sunday morning, January 7, you can lace ‘em up and run for a great cause. The Trophy Trot 5K / 10K presented by Houston Methodist benefits the CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers initiative. Stretch well, give it your all, and compete for multiple opportunities to win GAME TICKETS! Use the code HCHSA5 to save $5 on your registration. 


Sunday night, indulge your taste buds at Taste of the Championship. Enjoy individual servings from 30+ of Houston’s best restaurants all in the home of the Astros! The restaurant lineup was curated by James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd, and is the perfect snapshot of Houston’s diverse and delicious food scene. Use the code CFP2024 at checkout to save $100 per ticket! 



CFP National Championship weekend has something for everyone, including a pair of amazing experiences that are FREE and fun for the whole family! 


On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, head downtown to the George R. Brown Convention Center and enjoy Playoff Fan Central, a college football extravaganza that features everything from the national championship trophy to live performances by the two school bands to a zip line to a 40-yard dash. And did we mention there are puppies?!? Click HERE for hours and details. 


Each night of CFP National Championship weekend, enjoy FREE concerts at Shell Energy Stadium as part of AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! Friday’s show features KIDZ BOP; Saturday is all about hip-hop with Paul Russell, 2 Chainz, Latto and Jack Harlow; and Sunday features a trio of country stars: Megan Moroney, Jake Owen and Jon Pardi. Click HERE to register and download your QR code to claim your free tickets! 



James Megna, our Event Operations Manager, loves having the opportunity to find creative solutions to the many challenges and obstacles that accompany major planning events. We are proud of the work he has done over the last year and are excited to make him this month’s spotlight employee!  

What do you like to do in your free time? I love to be in the kitchen making fresh pasta and brewing my own beer. 

What do you love about the city of Houston? I love the diversity in the city of Houston. Houston is a true melting pot of cultures and cuisines that create a unique feel that creates a sense of pride for those of us lucky enough to call Houston home. 


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