The College Football championship brought an estimated 100,000 people into Tampa, and I was one of them. When it comes to football, I am more into the tailgate and the halftime show than the game itself, so I drove into Tampa just for the weekend’s pre-game festivities. I started with Playoff Fan Central at the Tampa Convention Center, and then moved on to Curtis Hixon Park to see the Cold War Kids perform at AT&T’s Playoff Playlist Live.
The Tampa Convention Center was full of fun football challenges this weekend as Tampa geared up for the National Championship Game. Each of the game’s sponsors had set up some sort of game/sweepstakes within the Tampa Convention Center for the entertainment of visiting families. Many of these activities were geared towards children, but there was plenty for the adults as well, like field goal and quarterback practice activities.
If I lived in Tampa, I might have attended every single evening of AT&T’s Playoff Playlist Live. Instead, I chose one act that I was interested in seeing, and tacked it on to my Fan Central visit. I arrived in Curtis Hixon Park just as indie rock band, the Cold War Kids, was starting their set. Going through security at the park entrance, the excitement was palpable. Later that evening, Jacksonville’s Flo Rida was set to perform.
The Cold War Kids gave a great performance, performing all their hits, including my favorites,”Hold My Home,” “Hang Me Up to Dry,” “Louder Than Ever,” and “We Used to Vacation.” It was unusually cold for Tampa that evening, and by the end of the set my teeth had begun to chatter. It was time to go home.