Preview Of BCS National Championship Game At Sun Life Stadium

December 29, 2012 8:00 AM

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Discover BCS National Championship Game



Sun Life Stadium
347 Don Shula Drive
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
(305) 943-8000

Date: Monday, January 7, 2013

The famed Bowl Championship Series ends its run with the biggest game of the series – the Discover BCS National Championship Game. It’s considered by many as the “Super Bowl” of college football. For the second time ever, South Florida has been chosen to host both the BCS National Championship game and another highly popular bowl game, the Orange Bowl. Sun Life stadium will serve as center stage for the game as two teams battle it out to win the crown as the NCAA’s best team. Whether one chooses to watch it on TV while hosting a game-day party or makes plans to tailgate under cloudless South Florida skies, locals have the treat of enjoying the biggest college football game of the year right here at home.

Getting there

If you’re driving to the game, there are several options to get there from different parts of South Florida. The Florida Turnpike is the most popular option (specifically because there’s a toll plaza exit right next to the stadium). Those living farther to the east can get to the stadium via I-95 and Ives Dairy Road. State Road 826 (Palmetto Expressway) serves well for those traveling eastbound or westbound to get to the stadium. If you prefer to take surface streets, you can access 27th Avenue northbound in Miami-Dade County or University Drive in Broward County (which converts to NW 27th Avenue once you pass County Line Road.)

Public transportation is another viable option if you want to avoid the drive or parking fees. Fans can get to and from the stadium with either Miami-Dade County Transit or Broward County Transit. Using the trip planner option will map out your trip from start to finish, including information such as location of stop and travel times. You can visit both sites to begin planning your trip to Sun Life Stadium: Miami-Dade Transit and Broward County Transit.

Experiencing the game at the stadium

Enjoying game day doesn’t have to be limited to just the game itself. The BCS Game Day Fan Zone is an all-day event that gets the celebration started before kickoff. Tickets are required for admission, but the event’s activities to engage in sets it apart from the game as a stand-alone event. What’s included at the event is a live music performance by the event’s headlining talent and performances by the cheerleaders and marching bands of both competing schools. Patrons can also get a hold of sports memorabilia and get into exciting interactive games and contests. Foods and drinks will be on hand as well.

An excellent way to get into the game is by snagging great seats. The Primesport National VIP Suite provides that and more with the different options available in the package. Seating options include 10-person cabanas, rail seats and front-row seating. Guests can also enjoy access to the VIP Lounge during the game.

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Experiencing the game away from the stadium

The Discover BCS National Championship Game is an excellent opportunity to entertain. Throwing a game-day party is a festive way to enjoy the game if you plan to watch it on television. The game will be televised on ESPN. You can set out a flavorful spread of appetizers and game-day favorites. Partygoers can get into the spirit by purchasing BCS National Championship memorabilia (click here to browse the merchandise). You can wear the gear, have a toast and watch the game in true football fan style.

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